Alumni

Below is a listing of our Undergraduate and Ph.D. alumni listed by academic year.

Our Undergraduate alumni pages include interviews and information about how their CANES degree has impacted their lives. Dissertation titles and advising professors for graduate alumni are included, and where possible, current employment.

Any updates can be sent to info@canes.wisc.edu.

Undergraduate Alumni

Claire Rydell Arcenas

Assistant Professor of History at University of Montana

David Bamman

Assistant Professor, School of Information at UC Berkeley

Joe Goodkin

Musician, Modern Bard

Jennifer Henschel

Library Circulation Clerk, Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

Phoebe Kasdin

Still She Rises, non-profit

Nate Kolpin

High School Latin Teacher, Wauwatosa East and West High Schools

Abby Lease

Latin instructor at St. Ambrose Academy

Will Marx

Chocolate Maker

Esther Ramer

Graduate Student at UC Berkeley

Sarah Rous

Lecturer in Classics, San Francisco State University

Andrea Samz-Pustol

Graduate Student at Bryn Mawr

Graduate Alumni

Preston Atwood, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible

“The Role of LXX Isaiah in the Translation of the Peshiṭta of Isaiah”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Mary Clare Dolinar, Ph.D. Classics

“Between Gods and Mortals: Divinity, Mortality, and Religious Ritual in Euripides”
Professor Laura  McClure

Hikaru Kumon, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible

“How Qohelet Thought: A Natural Semantic Metalanguage Analysis of Ecclesiastes”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Catherine Bonesho, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible

Assistant Professor, UCLA
“Foreign Holidays and Festivals as Representative of Identity in Rabbinic Literature”
Professor Jordan Rosenblum

Nathaniel E. Greene, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible

“Warlord and Scribe: The Nascent Israelite State Beneath Its Textual Veneers”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Rachel Hart, Ph.D. Classics

Lecturer, University of Nebraska
“More than Meets the Eye: Autopsy and Physicality in Herodotus and Ctesias”
Professor Jeffrey Beneker

Jonathon E. Wylie, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible

“‘He Shall Deliver My People from the Hand of the Philistines’: The Political and Theological Uses of the Philistines in the Book of Samuel”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Stephen Geiger, Ph.D. Classics

Professor, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
“The Conquered Conquers: The Art of Exile in Josephus”
Professor Jeffrey Beneker

Marie LaFond, Ph.D. Classics

“οὕτω τοι τόδε σῆμα πιφαύσκομαι: Significant Objects in the Odyssey”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Kevin Mattison, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible

Post-Doc, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)
“Amending the Covenant: How and Why the Authors of Deuteronomy Responded to Textual Sources”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Amanda Gregory, Ph.D. Classics

Latin Teacher, Morristown-Beard School, Morristown NJ
“Crafting Images : Critical and Aesthetic Discourse in Post-Classical Greek Literature”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Adrienne Hagen, Ph.D. Classics

Assistant Professor, Monmouth College
“Natural Hierarchy in Greco-Roman Thought”
Professor Jeffrey Beneker

Lance Hawley, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies

Assistant Professor, Harding School of Theology
“The Use of Metaphor in the Joban Discourse”
Professor Ronald Troxel

William N. Bruce, Ph.D. Classics

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
“Industry, Community, and the Sacred: Life Outside the City Walls at Sardis”
Professor Nicholas Cahill

Kate C. Rogers, Ph.D. Classics

“Finding Time to Write: Literary Amicitia and the Economy of Time in Flavian Rome”
Professor Alexander Dressler

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2013-2014

Christopher Jones, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Retrofitting Jerusalem: Conceptions of Space, Identity, and Power in Ezra-Nehemiah”

Jason Micheli, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Translation Technique Evident in Peshitta Zechariah”

2012-2013

Lisa M. Feldkamp, Ph.D. Classics
“Let Sleeping Eros Lie: Erotobucolic Poetry in Hebrew, Greek, and Roman Literature”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Emmylou Grosser, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Poetic Line as Part and Whole: A Perception-Oriented Approach to Lineation of Poems in the Hebrew Bible”

Kerry A. Lefebvre, Ph.D. Classics
Latin Instructor, Mount Notre Dame High School, Cincinnati OH
“With You in That Dress: Cultus and Elegy in Rome”
Professor Laura McClure

Colleen M. Rice, Ph.D. Classics
Latin teacher, Baldwinsville Central High School, Baldwinsville NY
“Carried away by Bacchus: The Power and Politics of Bacchic Inspiration in the Augustan Poets”
Professor Alex Dressler

Josh Smith, Ph.D. Classics
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
“Greek and Roman Scholarly Traditions: Ancient Interpretations of Euripides, Aeschines, Terence, and Vergil”
Professor Jim McKeown

Matthew P. Vieron, Ph.D. Classics
Latin Instructor, The Galloway School, Atlanta GA
“Poetic Voice and Readership in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura”
Profs. Alex Dressler and Patricia Rosenmeyer

2011-2012

Kevin Chau, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“A Poetics for Metaphor in Biblical Hebrew Poetry”

Alexander E.W. Hall, Ph.D. Classics
Lecturer, Iowa State University
“To the Beguiling Dance of the Gods: Genre and the Short Homeric Hymns”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Joy E. Reeber, Ph.D. Classics
Adjunct Instructor, University of Arkansas
“Married to a Persona: ‘Biography’ in Ovid’s Exile Poetry”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Eric Tully, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Translation and the Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea”

2010-2011

Eric A. Cox, Ph.D. Classics
“Cultural Deception and Narrative Technique in Herodotus’ Histories”
Profs. Patricia Rosenmeyer and Jeffrey Beneker

Elizabeth A. Brinnehl, Ph.D. Classics
Latin Teacher
“Medusa’s Blood: Lucan, Libya and the Geography of Anger”
Professor Carole Newlands

Kristen A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, John Carroll University
“Drinking Alfresco: The Erotics of the Pastoral-Sympotic Mode”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Kris Lorenzo, Ph.D. Classics
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hollins University
“Ancient Greek and Roman Navel Victory Monuments”
Professor William Aylward

Charles Yu, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“To Comfort Job: The Speeches in the Book of Job as Rhetorical Discourse”

2009-2010

Timothy Mackie, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Expanding Ezekiel: The Hermeneutics of Scribal Addition in the Ancient Text Witnesses of the Book of Ezekiel”

Kim Nguyen, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Lady Zion and the Man: The Use of Personae in the Book of Lamentations”

2008-2009

Richard Benton, Jr. Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Aspect and the Biblical Hebrew Niphal and Hitpael”

Tate Hemingson, Ph.D. Classics
Litigator, Strasburger & Price
“Faunus in Horace’s Odes”
Professor Carole Newlands

2007-2008

Matthew F. Amati, Ph.D. Classics
Epic Systems, Madison WI
“Transforming the Polis: Interpretations of Space in Attic Old Comedy”
Professor Laura McClure

Brian V. Lush, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Macalester College
“Recognition and the Limits to Knowledge in Euripides”
Professor Laura McClure

Kent Reynolds, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Psalm 119: Promoting Torah, Portraying an Ideal Student of Torah”

2006-2007

Mike D. Nerdahl, Ph.D. Classics
Senior Lecturer, Bowdoin College
“Homeric Models in Plutarch’s Lives”
Professor Silvia Montiglio

Vasiliki Kostopolous, Ph.D. Classics
“Polyphemus and Galatea: Variations on a Theme”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

2005-2006

Michael Lyons, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“From Law to Prophecy: Ezekiel’s Use of the Holiness Code”

Sun Myung Lyu, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Righteousness in the Book of Proverbs”

Stephen S. McRoberts, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Patrick Henry College
“Lucan’s war on Caesar”
Professor Carole Newlands

William Tooman, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“‘I Spoke in Former Days…’: Inner-Biblical Allusion in the Gog Oracles”

2003-2004

Bryce A. Carpenter, Ph.D. Classics
US Dept of Veterans Affairs
“Personal and Political Humor in Propertius”
Professor Jim McKeown

Michael Heiser, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Divine Council in Late Canonical and Non-Canonical Second Temple Jewish Literature”

David C Hillman, Ph.D. Classics
Independent Writer
“Representations of Pharmacy in Roman Literature from Cato to Ovid”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Daniel Kroeze, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“A Semantic Study of the Lexical Field of ‘Fear’ Terms in Biblical Hebrew”

Rachel M. McMullin, Ph.D. Classics
Librarian, West Chester University
“The Deinomenids: Tyranny and Patronage at Syracuse”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Mary R. McHugh, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College
“Manipulating Memory: Remembering and Defaming Julio-Claudian Women”
Professor Carole Newlands

Alexandra Pappas, Ph.D. Classics
Assistant Professor, San Francisco State Univ.
“Greek Writing in its Aesthetic Context: Archaic and Hellenistic Arts and Letters”
Professor Barry Powell

2001-2002

John A. Cook, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Biblical Hebrew Verbal System: A Grammaticalization Approach”

Laura A. De Lozier, Ph.D. Classics
Senior Lecturer, Univ. of Wyoming
“An investigation of ancient testimonia about visual representations of Mark Antony”
Professor Jim McKeown

Robert Holmstedt, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew: A Linguistic Analysis”

Angela L. Pitts, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Mary Washington College
“Prostitute, muse, lover: The biographical tradition of Sappho in Greek and Roman literature”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Matthew S. Semanoff, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, University of Montana
“Pedagogical poetry: Teachers and students in didactic verse”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Holly M. Sypniewski, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Millsaps College
“Becoming Vergil: Poetic persona and generic play in the Ps.-Vergilian Culex”
Profs. Patricia Rosenmeyer and Jim McKeown

2000-2001

Brian Ashland, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
Instructor, Madison College
“An Examination of the Rules for Babylonian Poetic Accentuation”

Changhak Hyun, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“A Study of the Translation Technique of Peshitta Proverbs”

Daryl Jefferies, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Wisdom at Qumran: A Form-Critical Analysis of the Admonitions in 4QInstruction”