Jason Pedicone, the co-founder and President of the Paideia Institute, received his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University in 2013. Jason has taught courses in Latin, Greek, and the history of Classical Scholarship at the university level in the U.S. and Western Europe, and is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and Fordham University. Jason’s research and public speaking focus on public humanities and Latin and Greek pedagogy. Jason received a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Germany in 2004, and a Jacob Javits Fellowship in 2013 to support his graduate work. In 2015, together with Paideia's co-founder, Eric Hewett, Jason was awarded the President’s Award by the Society for Classical Studies for outstanding achievements in promoting the study of Classics. He lives in Manhattan.
Liz Butterworth, Director of Development at the Paideia Institute, is based at the U.S. office where she works on public outreach initiatives and directs Aequora, Paideia's Latin enrichment program for young children. She is committed to working at the productive and sometimes fraught intersections between Classics, service-learning, and social justice. Liz coordinates the Bluhm Scholars honors program and teaches as an adjunct lecturer in the Division of Classics at Hunter College. After completing her A.B. in classics at Princeton University, Liz won a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford, where she earned an MSc in Comparative and International Education in 2013 and an MSt in Latin and Greek Languages and Literature in 2014. As a student, Liz excavated in Italy, the Peloponnese, and northern Greece, and participated in Paideia's Living Greek in Greece program in 2013. Liz lives in Brooklyn.
Claire Burgess is Paideia's Assistant Director for Programs. She has a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley, and though she did her thesis work on Romantic illustration, her heart lies with Hellenistic Greek sculpture. She currently lives in Venice, where she's getting a MA in English Literature. When she's not overseeing Paideia's programming, she is most likely to be found in in a creative writing workshop. Claire also edits Loci in Locis, Paideia's art blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emma has a B.A. in Classics from Yale University, where she wrote a thesis on Vitruvius's De Architectura and its influence on later architectural theorists. She is interested in investigating the intersection of Classics and Architecture, and enjoys Archaeology too. She spent each of her summers during college in Rome, doing a range of activities from working on an archaeological dig to participating in Living Latin in Rome to doing independent research--she's also catalogued the best gelato spots in Rome!
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.
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.
Logan has a B.A. in Classical Studies from Boston College, was a Rome Fellow at the Paideia Institute in 2015-16, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Latin and Greek literature at Boston College. He has specific interest in Renaissance humanists and modern reception of Classical literature. He enjoys books of all sorts, language learning, and storytelling. He plans to continue to learn languages, explore world literature, and foster appreciation for Classical learning while teaching ancient languages.
James McGlone is a native of Boonton, NJ, and an alumnus of Living Latin in Rome 2014. He graduated from Harvard in May 2015 with a degree in History and a secondary focus in Classics, and gave the Latin Salutatory Address at Harvard's Commencement Exercises. Most of his great loves are family affairs, from the Irish music he plays with his five siblings to the fondness for Newman, Belloc, Chesterton, and all things medieval that he often shares with his grandfather over a good cup of tea.
Ilias Kolokouris is a Ph.D. student in Classics at the University of Athens and New College, Oxford. He holds a ptychion in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and a Master's Degree in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. His thesis was on the tragic elements found in Aristophanes’ Acharnians. Ilias has taught for the University of Missouri Creative Writing Seminars on Serifos, for the Modern Greek Language Centre of the University of Athens and for Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece program. His current research focuses on the reception of ancient Greek literature within modern greek Aestheticism prose and British Decadence in Oxford.
Maria Luisa holds an A.B. and PhD in Classics and Rhetoric from the University of Calabria, where she wrote a dissertation on Ovid and the rhetoric aspects of his poetry. She was fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich for two years, and is now the translator of Christopher Krebs’ A Most Dangerous Book. Maria Luisa has many years of experience in teaching Latin and Greek, both with the traditional and spoken approach. After moving to the US, she specialized in teaching Italian as second language, with a degree from Università per Stranieri di Siena. She is currently completing her qualification as ACTFL OPI proficiency tester.
Susan Thorton Rasmussen graduated from Wyoming Catholic College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Latin, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Classics through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She enjoys teaching Latin, and has participated in and led many Latin immersion programs and events, including several outdoor trips, week-long residential intensives, shorter workshops, and even a Latin murder mystery party. Susan is an experienced backpacker and thoroughly enjoys hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing, and she has served as an archery coach while teaching high school in Washington. She and her husband live in Wyoming.
Jochen has studied Classics and History at the universities of Bochum, Pisa and Freiburg and received his PhD in Bamberg. He now teaches Latin in Würzburg. So far, he has worked on generational relationships in Augustine’s Confessions, on decision-making in Roman Epic poetry, and on Neo-Latin nuptial poems. He is mostly interested in those topics where literature meets life, focusing on narrative devices used to represent human experience. He is happiest driving the tractor on his parents’ farm in southwest of Germany.
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.
Zoltán studied for two years at the Academia Vivarium Novum, a unique institute where the students are allowed to speak only Latin and Ancient Greek. He received his BA in Classics in Rome, where he wrote his thesis on Hungarian Renaissance of the 15th century and the work of the Italian humanist Antonio Bonfini. He also dedicated a substantial part of his work to important scholars like Petrus Paulus Vergerius, Aeneas Silvius Piccolominaeus, Iohannes Vitesius and, last but not least, Ianus Pannonius. He is currently studying at the Universität Wien in Austria. He has been teaching Ancient Greek for two years, and is also the vice-president of Amygdala, an association for ancient and humanistic studies. His other studies and interests include history and sinology.
Lachie is currently on hiatus from his study in Computer Science at Princeton University to study Italian, history and freelance software development in Italy. He comes from New Zealand. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, singing, being in the outdoors and hunting orcs. At Paideia, he develops iPhone apps, web apps, and works on the development and maintenance of the Institute website.
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.
Kristen received her B.A. in Italian Studies, with a minor in Latin, from the American University of Rome, where she wrote a senior thesis on Dante and “fake” places. Her academic interests include medieval and early modern Italian literature, its relationship with Italian national identity, and, more generally, the intersection between text and place. She is currently enrolled in FIDEM’s European Diploma in Medieval Studies (DEEM) program and works with Paideia from Italy as Rome Office Manager.
Jules is a proud alumnus of Schola Nova and spent a year in Rome at the Accademia Vivarium Novum at the tender age of 14, so speaking and writing Latin are quite natural to him. After finishing high school in Brussels, he joined the Paideia team for a six-months internship at our Rome office. He is currently a collaborator, working as a redactor for our Latin publications. Jules’ interests include Renaissance Neo-Latin, philosophy and history. When not busy learning a new language (he knows seven already), you’ll find him in the kitchen trying out a new Italian recipe. He plans to study Classics in college. At the age of 18, he is likely the most proficient Latin speaker for his age in the world.
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.
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.
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!
Peter Knuffke holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, and a licentiate and doctorate in Christian and Classical Letters from the Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. In the course of his studies, he spent two years in Greece doing research in Eastern Christian theology. In addition to Latin and Greek, he is very interested in the thought of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, and the tradition of thought to which they belong.
Donna Zuckerberg is the founding editor of Eidolon. She received her Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University in 2014 for her dissertation on ancient Greek tragedy and comedy. Her writing has appeared in academic journals and in online publications such as Jezebel and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She served as the Paideia Institute's Director of Communications until 2013, and now teaches for Telepaideia and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Eric Hewett, co-founder and Executive Director of the Paideia Institute, graduated from Rice University in 1996 with a B.A. in Linguistics, with a focus on historical linguistics, Ancient Greek and Sanskrit. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Post-Bachelor in Classics. He spent the next seven years living and traveling in Western Europe, working as a teacher, tour guide, and translator. He speaks French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Basque and is a published translator of Basque poetry. In 2004 Eric moved to Rome, where he has earned an M.A. in Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum Pontifical Institute of the Lateran University and a joint Ph.D. in Medieval Philosophy from the University of Salerno and Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum. Eric serves as the Institute's Executive Director and Treasurer.
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.
Outreach Manager for Classical Tours; Instructor, Telepaideia
David Hewett is a Ph.D. Candidate in Classics at the University of Virginia, where he is completing his dissertation on Seneca's Epistulae Morales. Beyond Seneca, he researches ancient philosophy in its social and literary contexts, Greek mythology and its reception, and ancient historiography. He has studied with Reginald Foster in Rome and participates regularly in Terence Tunberg's Conventicula. He graduated from Dickinson College in 2002 with a B.A. in Classical Studies, and has been a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens. He currently lives in Southwestern Virginia with his wife, where he spends his free time obsessed with music, esotericism, and learning to farm.