Claire Catenaccio is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University. She received her A.B. in Classics from Harvard University in 2007, her M.Phil. in Classics from Oxford University in 2009, and her Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2017. Her primary field of research is ancient drama, focusing at present on the role of solo actor's song (monody) in the tragedies of Euripides.She has published articles on the significance of lamed figures in Greek mythology, on the use of masks in Attic tragedy, on the imagery of dreams in Aeschylus' Oresteia, and on singing actors in Sophocles' Trachiniae. As a director, dramaturge, translator, and actress, she has worked extensively with modern stagings of ancient plays, and she loves bringing Greek and Latin poetry to life through performance!
Joseph Conlon has a BA from Reed College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has taught in various Paideia programs since 2011, including LGiG, LLiR, and LLiR(HS), and also teaches Sanskrit through Telepaideia. He currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship with Paideia and is creating digital resources for learning Latin and Ancient Greek, including a Latin high school textbook. He is interested in language pedagogy, theories of language acquisition, historical linguistics, Homer, Plato, and Plautus.
Anna Conser is a Ph.D. student in Classics at Columbia University, where she has served as director for the Ancient Drama Group. In addition to tragic performance, Anna's research interests include ancient music, Aristotle's Poetics, and the aesthetic of intellectual wonder in philosophical and scientific writing. Her preliminary dissertation work investigates how pitch accent patterns in choral song may reveal musical structure, with implications for the literary interpretation of tragedy. Anna received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2007, and subsequently spent several years working odd jobs, traveling, and studying around the world. Highlights include four months in India, a Fulbright Fellowship in Erfurt, Germany, and a year of Arabic study in Damascus, Syria.
Michael Fontaine is associate professor of Classics and director of graduate studies at Cornell University. He has a Ph.D. from Brown University and has written widely on ancient Roman Comedy, specifically Plautus. His first book, Funny Words in Plautine Comedy was released by Oxford University Press in 2009. As a graduate student Michael spent a year in Rome on a Rotary Scholarship studying Latin with Fr. Reginald Foster.
Daniel Gallagher holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S. and M.A.), the Catholic University of America (M.A. in Philosophy), and the Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.L.). From 1995 to 2000, he studied Latin under the expert instruction of Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., whom he succeeded in the Office of Latin Letters at the Vatican Secretariat of State in 2007 - 2016. He is currently the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in Latin at Cornell University.
Luca Grillo is Associate Professor of Classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has published on Virgil, Caesar and Cicero, and his main area of interest is Latin prose, with a focus on the historiography and rhetoric of the Roman Republic. His first book, The Art of Caesar's Bellum Civile (Cambridge University Press, 2012) examines Caesar as a literary stylist; his second book is a commentary on Cicero’s De Provinciis Consularibus (Oxford University Press 2015), and he is currently co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Caesar with Christopher Krebs.
Laurie Hutcheson is currently a Ph.D. student at Boston University, where she is writing her dissertation on reported messages in the Iliad and the Odyssey. During the summers of ’04 and ’06, she studied with Reginald Foster in Rome. She has taught Latin and Greek to high school students at Boston University Academy for eight years (2005-13). In her Latin teaching there, she followed Reginald Foster’s method, reading only authentic texts with her students from the very first day.
Richard Hutchins is a PhD candidate in Classics and Classical Philosophy at Princeton University, and is a co-founding instructor of Living Greek in Greece. He is interested in a wide range of subjects, including the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Epicureanism, Stoicism, Thoreau, and Emerson. His research focuses on the concept of nature in Classical Philosophy, and specifically on the ecology of plants, animals, and humans in Lucretius' De rerum natura. His publications seek to recuperate ancient ecological thought for the needs of the present. When not teaching class at LGIG, he can often be found at the café next door to the hotel drinking Greek coffee and engaging in philosophical conversation.
Christopher Krebs is Associate Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He has published widely on many aspects of Roman Literature, especially historiography and its reception. His most recent book, Tacitus' Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich (Norton 2011), received the Christian Gauss Award and has been translated into six languages. He is currently preparing a commentary on Book 7 of Caesar's Bellum Gallicum as well as co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Caesar with Luca Grillo.
Matthew McGowan is Associate Professor & Chair of Classics at Fordham University and alumnus of Reginald Foster's Fifth Experience (Rome 1998-99). From 2009-2015 he served as President of the NY Classical Club and is currently the Vice-President for Communication and Outreach for the Society of Classical Studies. His scholarly interests range broadly over Greek and Latin literature and the classical tradition. His first book, Ovid in Exile: Power and Poetic Redress in the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, appeared in 2009 with Brill, and he has just completed an edited volume, Classical New York: Greece & Rome in NY's Art and Architecture, for Fordham University Press. He is currently at work on a Guide to the Greek and Latin Inscriptions of New York City alongside a survey of ancient lexicography, Dictionaries in Ancient Rome: The Art of Defining Latin Words, 200 BC--800 AD. He teaches a wide array of courses, from classical myth to Latin prose composition, and is delighted to be working with Paideia and its wonderful students and staff!
Erin McKenna Hanses is a Lecturer in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. Her main research focuses on responses to Lucretius in Roman love elegy as well as elegiac engagement with the Epicureanism of Lucretius and Philodemus. Other research areas include gender and identity in ancient Greece and Rome, and the intersection between medical and literary descriptions of pleasure in classical literature. She also has an abiding interest in ancient drama and how the dynamics of actor-audience interaction in classical texts can be highlighted through staging. As an advocate for active language pedagogy, Erin has taught for Paideia's Living Latin in Rome program since 2015, coordinated Aequora sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and facilitated active Latin learning through Telepaideia andbidua Latinafor Fordham and SALVI. She has presented her work in Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Canada, and across the United States.
Charles McNamara received a Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2016, and he is currently the SCS/NEH Fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, an international effort to write a dictionary covering the first millennium of Latin. Although trained in Classics departments, he has long-standing interests in the humanist reception of ancient literature. He has taught at Paideia's LLiR program twice, and he studied under Reginald Foster in the summer of 2006.
Jonathan Meyer holds a B.A. from Calvin College and an M.A. from Yale University. He also participated in the active Latin program at the University of Kentucky, where he earned an additional M.A. His interests in the ancient world and the classical tradition extend broadly, but he is primarily focused on Latin literature of the Renaissance and early modern period. He spent a year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, studying the Latin travel diaries of Cyriac of Ancona. He also worked on neo-Latin novels written in the Habsburg empire as a fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck, Austria. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Classics at Johns Hopkins University.
Greek Curriculum Development Fellow, Instructor, LGiG
Alex is finishing his PhD in Classics at Princeton University. His interests include late antique Greek literature, ancient rhetoric and literary criticism, and animals in ancient thought. His dissertation is on the figure of the philosopher in the epistolary corpus of Synesius of Cyrene. He has taught at LGiG since its inception.
Lecturer IV in Classics; Head of Residential College Latin Program
Gina Soter holds B.A. degrees in Classics and Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Classical Studies and the Residential College, a living-learning community housed within the university. She created and teaches a three-semester intensive Latin pathway that culminates in a fully staged, public production in Latin of a Roman comedy. Her dissertation was on Greek tragedy and she continues to enjoy teaching Greek courses, but her major investment lately, has been in Latin pedagogy with particular attention to exploring reciprocal connections between past and present. She has worked on excavations at Pompeii and regularly brings students to Italy for Roma Viva!, a university-sponsored study course in in Rome and environs.
Gregory Stringer holds BAs in History and Classics from Boston University, an MA in Medieval History from the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Latin Pedagogy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He was a professional tour guide in Rome for nearly a decade and has taught languages and Ancient and Medieval History at UNH and Plymouth State University. He currently resides in Boston during the school year where he teaches Latin at nearby Burlington (MA) High School in his “immersive” classroom where students listen, speak, read and write entirely in Latin.
Bryan Whitchurch is a Ph.D. student in Classics at Fordham University and holds a B.A. from Utah State University in History and an M.A.T. in Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests at Fordham have focused on classical reception with a particular emphasis on Italian humanism of the 15th-16th centuries. Before enrolling at Fordham, he taught Latin for six years in Washington D.C., Boston, and in New York City at the Brooklyn Latin School. Bryan is also an experienced Italian speaker (since 1998) and Latin speaker (since 2006). As a founding instructor and the director of the Living Latin in Rome High School program, he looks forward to returning once again for an exhilarating teaching experience with students and faculty from across the US and beyond.
Leah Whittington is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English at Harvard University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of The Classics. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2011. Her research focuses on the reception of the classics in Renaissance art, literature, and culture. She is also Associate Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library. Leah was for many years a student of Fr. Reginald Foster and has a long history of involvement with summer Latin in Rome.