Department of Classical StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

Student Profiles

MA Students - First Year

image Rowan Ash

Degree: Honors BA in Classics, Honours English (Literature), McGill University; MA in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures, University of Waterloo

Areas of Interest: Ancient magic (especially the Greek magical papyri), Greek and Roman religion and myth, Greek literature, gender and sexuality in the ancient world

TA Assignments: Classics 2350A: Roman Conquests and Cultural Identities
Classics 3904G: The Life and Legacy of Julius Caesar

Contact Information:achaban@uwo.ca


image Christian Boulley

Degree: Honors BA in Classics, University of Winnipeg

Areas of Interest: Greek tragedy (Sophocles in particular); metre in Greek and Latin lyric poetry; early Christian texts

TA Assignments: Classics 2200: Classical Mythology

External Scholarship: SSHRC CGS Masters 2014

Contact Information: cboulley@uwo.ca


image Letticia Cosbert

Degree: Honors BA in Classics, University of Toronto

Areas of Interest: Pastoralism, specifically representations of the shepherd in Greek and Roman historiography and poetry. I'm also interested in numismatics, rhetoric, and ancient education.

TA Assignment: Classics 2200: Classical Mythology

Contact Information: lcosbert@uwo.ca


image Richard Parker

Degree: Honors BA in Classics, Brock University

Areas of Interest:Indo-European linguistics; the development, perception and representation of Greek dialects in literature; Mycenaean Greek dialect and society; evolution of writing systems in Bronze Age and Classical Greece; semantics and morphology of non Indo-European loan terms for flora and fauna; Bronze Age language contact in Greece

TA Assignments: Classics 2800A and 2800B: Greek and Latin Elements in English

Contact Information: rparke@uwo.ca


image Sarah Vanderploeg

Degree: Honors BA in Classics, University of Western Ontario

Areas of Interest:Roman archaeology, gender and identity on Roman frontiers, Roman military

TA Assignments: Classics 1000-002: Classical Civilization

External Scholarship: SSHRC CGS Masters 2014

Contact Information: svanderp@uwo.ca


rob Robert Woodcock

Degree: Honors BA in Classics, University of Western Ontario

Areas of Interest: Roman Archaeology and History, Latin Epigraphy, and Linguistics in Roman Provinces

TA Assignments: Classics 1000-002, Classical Civilization

External Scholarship: SSHRC CGS Masters 2014

Contact Information: rwoodco2@uwo.ca


MA Students - Second Year

stephanieStephanie Bergman

Degree:Honours BA in Classics, Brock University

Area Interests: Ancient music and performance; texts as representations of performance; Greek and Latin poetry; Hellenistic art and architecture

TA Assignment: Classics 2440A: Alexander the Great
Classics 2700B: Technology and Engineering in the Ancient World

External Scholarships: OGS 2014

Contact Information: sbergma2@uwo.ca


meaganMeagan Cleveland

Degree Information: Honours BA in Classical Studies, University of Guelph

Area Interests: Roman history and literature, Greek literature, Greek mythology

TA Assignments: Classics 2500B: Ancient Cities in the Mediterranean
Classics 2903A Roman Emperors: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Contact Information:mclevel2@uwo.ca


drewDrew Davis

Degree: Honours BA in History and Classical Studies, The University of Western Ontario

Area Interests: Literacy within the Roman Army;Roman Military Affairs; Late Antiquity

TA Assignment: Classics 3550E Archaeology of Rome and Italy

External Scholarships: OGS 2014

Contact Information: ddavis26@uwo.ca


alanAlan Dempsey

Degree Information: Honours BA in Greek and Roman Studies, Carleton University

Area Interests: Ancient Greek language and literature; Pragmatics and particle use in Ancient Greek; Greek and Roman historiography; Greek and Latin oratory and rhetoric; Linguistic nuance in Plato and Thucydides.

TA Assignment: Classics 2300: Sport and Recreation in the Ancient World (2nd term)
Classics 3211F: Ancient Tricksters

Contact Information: adempse3@uwo.ca


sarahSarah Taylor

Degree: Honours BA in Classical Studies, The University of Western Ontario

Area Interests: Roman Archaeology and Food Preparation

TA Assignment: Classics 3410E: Greek History

External Scholarship: SSHRC CGS Masters 2014

Contact Information: Staylo95@uwo.ca


tristanTristan Wicks

Degree: B.Hum Combined Honours in Humanities and Greek & Roman studies, Carleton University

Area Interests: The formation of political identity in origin narratives, Textual criticism of Livy and Polybius particularly how they express a theoretical understanding of politics, Carthage and the Phoenicians.

TA Assignment: Classics 2300: Sport and Recreation in the Ancient World

External Scholarship: SSHRC CGS Masters 2014

Contact Information: twicks@uwo.ca


PhD Students - First Year

image Paul McGilvery

Degree: Honors BA in Classics, Dalhousie University

Areas of Interest: Greek historiography and textual transmission, Surviving and fragmentary works of Arrian, Greek and Latin Literature of the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D.; Second Sophistic authors; Historians of Alexander, Early Byzantine History, Early History of the Diodochi

TA Assignments: Classics 2300, Sport and Recreation in the Ancient World (1st term)

External Scholarship: SSHRC CGS Doctoral 2014-2017

Contact Information: pmcgilve@uwo.ca


PhD Students - Second Year

kaitlynKaitlyn Pettigrew

Degree: Honours BA in Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, MA in Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario, 2013

Area Interests: Roman historiography, specifically from the Augustan Age and early Imperial period; ancient society and culture; Greek and Roman myth

TA Assignment:

Contact Information: kpettig@uwo.ca


michelleMichelle Sugar

Degree: Honours BA in Classics, The University of Toronto, 2011, MA in Classics, Brock University, 2013

Area Interests: Greek tragedy and its social function in Classical Athens; Homeric epic; Greek and Roman myth

TA Assignments: Classics 2908A: Eqyptian Art and Architecture
Classics 2500B: Ancient Cities in the Mediterranean

Contact Information: msugar@uwo.ca


PhD Students - Third Year

timTim Wright

Degree: BA English and Combined Classics, Greek and Latin, University of Alberta; MA Classical Studies, Univeristy of Western Ontario

Area Interests: Greek epic; kinship; ancient scholarship; Latin epigraphy.

TA Assignment: Classics 3905G: Latin Mythological Epic

Instructor: Classics 3110F: Greek Epic

External Scholarship: OGS 2014

Contact Information: twrigh5@uwo.ca


PhD Students - Fourth Year

allyAlexandra Dawson

Degrees: Honors BA in Classical Studies, Brock University, 2008, MA in Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario 2010

Area Interests: Greek tragedy, specifically Euripides; sociopolitical allusions in Greek literature; Ancient Greek language, syntax and style

External Scholarship Awards: SSHRC 2013-2014

TA Assignments: Classics 2902A: Daily Life in Ancient Rome  

Instructor Greek 3100B/94903B: Greek Prose Selections

External Scholarship: SSHRC Doctoral 2014-15

Contact Information: adawso22@uwo.ca


laurenLauren Mayes

Degrees: Honors BA in Classical Studies, Univ. of Victoria, 2008, MA in Classical Studies, Univ. of Victoria, 2010

Area Interests: Greek literature and the construction of gender, Greek tragedy, women in Greek society, Classics in popular culture

TA Assignment:

Contact Information: lmayes@uwo.ca


dwaneDwayne Meisner

Degrees: Honors BA in History, University of Regina, 2008, MA in History, University of Regina, 2010, MA in Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario, 2011

Area Interests: Greek and Roman myth and ritual; mystery cults; ritual theory; cultural history; historiography; Greek and Roman history

TA Assignment: Classics 1000-001: Classical Civilization

External Scholarship: SSRHC Doctoral 2014-15

Contact Information: dmeisner@uwo.ca


jonathanJonathan Vickers

Degree: Honors BA in Classical Studies, University of Manitoba, 2009, MA in Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario, 2011

Area Interests: Ancient acrobatics and tumbling; Greek and Roman sport; Greek comedy; Dramatic performance

TA Assignment: Classics 1000-001: Classical Civilization

External Scholarship: SSHRC Doctoral 2014-15

Contact Information: jvicker6@uwo.ca


PhD Students- Fifth Year

maryMary Deminion

Degrees: Honors BA in Greek and Roman Studies, Univ. of Victoria, 2007, MA in Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, 2010

Area Interests: Ancient law, Roman History, women in antiquity, morality, and spectacle.

TA Assignment: 

Contact Information: mdeminio@uwo.ca


Recent PhD Graduates

Convocating October 2014

jamesJames Kruck

Degrees: Honors BA in Classical Studies, Univ. of Manitoba, 2005, MA in Classical Studies, Univ. of Manitoba, 2009

Area Interests: Roman translation theory; Roman philosophy; Roman education; Stoicism

Contact Information: jkruck@uwo.ca


Convocated June 2014

peterPeter Miller

Degrees: Honors BA in Classical Studies, Univ. of Toronto, 2007, MA in Greek and Roman Studies, Univ. of Victoria, 2009

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Texas Tech University

Area Interest: Greek lyric and epigram; ancient Greek athletics; gender and sexuality in Greek and Latin literature

External Scholarship Awards: Crake Doctoral Fellow in Classics at Mount Allison University (2013-2014)

Contact Information:
peter.miller@ttu.edu