Rebecca is a PhD candidate in the Classics program. Her research focuses on the intersection between pleasure, instruction, and disgust in Latin literature. Using case studies from Lucretius, Persius, and Apuleius, Rebecca’s dissertation explores how disgust functions in these authors as both a tool for philosophical instruction and a vehicle for literary pleasure. Rebecca’s research is supported by UW’s Institute for Research in the Humanities, where she is a dissertation fellow. Rebecca has previously served as a Mellon-Morgridge Fellow for UW’s Constellations program, which seeks to integrate the humanities and hard sciences. Her general research interests include Republican and Imperial Latin literature, Roman prose fiction, ancient literary criticism, Roman philosophy, gender and sexuality, and ancient biography. A recipient of UW’s campus-wide Early Excellence in Teaching Award, Rebecca has taught a range of courses within the CANES Department, including elementary and intermediate Latin, Classical Mythology, and The Greeks (a Comm-B writing intensive course). Rebecca holds an MA in Classics from UW-Madison and a BA in Classical Languages (summa cum laude) from Macalester College.