MemberAlison Traweek

I am a sixth generation Texan, though I have now officially lived half of my life outside of Texas. Pennsylvania seems to have accepted me, though, and I at least think it’s going reasonably well. Teaching and writing were all I ever wanted to do for a living, and, fortunately, I have found a few people willing to pay me for the former and a few people willing to give me some white space for the latter. For six years I combined my interests by teaching writing at the University of Pennsylvania, which was both stimulating and fun. In that program I designed and taught classes on everything from ancient magic to race in antiquity to the politics of belonging to fairy tales, and learned a great deal about pedagogy. After a surprising and exciting semester teaching Shakespeare in film at Temple University, I have returned to the field of classical studies, and am teaching Greek, Latin, and classics courses at the University of Pennsylvania and at Temple. My research interests are wide ranging, and I have published in academic venues on Homer, writing pedagogy, classical reception, mythology, and American militant women suffrage. I also enjoy writing public-facing scholarship though, I must admit, writing has recently been put aside for getting a handle on remote teaching strategies and, well, living during a global pandemic in a moment of racial reckoning. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, admiring my cats, and dancing – I began studying Middle Eastern dance in 2005, picked up ballet in 2012, and went up on pointe in 2015. I also sew – clothes and quilts, in normal times, mostly face masks recently. (If you know someone who needs one and can’t get one, DM me – I can send them one.)

MemberJoanna Kenty

…scribing an Oral Community in Cicero’s De Oratore.”  Orality & Literacy in the Ancient World XI: Voice & Voices. Brill, 2016.

“Altera Roma: Livy’s Variations on a Ciceronian Theme” Illinois Classical Studies Vol. 42, No. 1 (Spring 2017).

“Julius Caesar Refused to be Crowned King.” The Conversation.

Blog about teaching Ovid’s Metamorphoses in a classical mythology course. Medium.

“Avenging Lucretia: From Rape to Revolution.” Eidolon.

“An expert in classical rhetoric analyzes Trump.” Medium.

“Hillary Clinton’s Rhetorical Persona.” Eidolon.

“Alexander Hamilton’s Catiline Obsession.” Eidolon.

“Lysistrata in Liberia: Reading Aristophanes’ Lysistrata with Leymah Gbowe…

MemberPedro Jesús Molina Muñoz

Pedro Jesus Molina Muñoz currently works at the Language Centre of the University of Cyprus. He holds a PhD in Greek Lexicography (University of Granada, Spain) and a Master degree in ICT tools in Languages teaching and processing. Their research interests are “Greek Lexicography”, “Greek Religion”, “Greek Mythology”, “Greek Rites”, “Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language”, “Language Learning and Teaching”, “CALL”, “ICT tools in Language acquisition” and “Languages in contact: interconnections and interferences”.

MemberJ. Davis Winkie

My name is Davis Winkie, and I am a Ph.D. student in military history at UNC-Chapel Hill. My hobbies include running and following my favorite soccer team, Atlanta United FC. In a past life, I played college football for Vanderbilt University, but now I moonlight as a soldier in the NC Army National Guard. My general research interests center around American memory and commemoration of its 20th century wars. These interests are very inclusive: memorials, public education curricula, movies, books, music, ceremonies, and more. In the past, this has led me to track the evolution of U.S. high school history textbooks’ treatments of the Japanese-American internment and the Allied bombing campaign in WWII. I have also explored the ways that politics and economic necessity led the way in shaping the form and function of Tennessee’s WWI memorial. My current project (which is to become my M.A. thesis and an article) reevaluates the early Cold War relationship between the U.S. military, the Production Code Administration, and Hollywood. I argue that Hollywood war films faced a daunting system of soft censorship orchestrated by the DoD and PCA. Ultimately, this demonstrates the direct role that the military played in planting the cinematic seeds for America’s enduring popular “good war” mythology.

MemberAlexei Alexeev

I am an affiliated scholar pursuing research on the genesis of ophidian symbolism and iconography in the context of Early Jewish and Early Christian apocalyptic imagination. My research interests include: (1) genesis of Early Christian iconography and its relationship to classical Greco-Roman and Oriental art: reception, interpretation, appropriation, preservation, modification, and transmission; (2) cultural interactions between Eurasian civilizations during the Hellenistic Period, Late Antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages; (3) reptiles and composite creatures in religious imagination, mythology, and art. From 1984 to 1989, I studied at the Department of History of the Astrakhan State Pedagogical Institute, specializing in the cultural history of the early Iranian nomads (focusing on the worldview, mythology, religious beliefs, and art of the Scythians and Sarmatians). I participated in seven archaeological expeditions in Southern Russia (including three conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the USSR Academy of Sciences). From 1991 to 1994, I completed postgraduate studies in philosophy at St. Petersburg State University. In 1995, I defended my thesis (Orthodox Iconology and Sophiology in the Concrete Metaphysics of Pavel Florensky) and received my PhD in the History and Philosophy of Religion. Since moving to Canada in 1997, I have worked in the high-tech industry as a UX/UI specialist. My portfolio includes a variety of digital projects for such major Canadian educational institutions and museums as the Canadian Historical Association, the Museum of Civilization (now the Museum of Canadian History), and the National Gallery of Canada. In July 2019 I was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa. I have conducted numerous photo-expeditions around the world collecting the visual records of ophidian iconography in various cultural contexts. These are the highlights of my trips (year indicates the latest visit to the location):

MemberAndrew Carroll

A newly independent scholar moving to Southwestern Colorado with my wife. I was a Latin teacher at Regis Jesuit High School for 6 years and at Horace Mann Middle School for 2 years.  I spent a decade of my summers working in Italy as an archaeologist. I worked for 10 years at Poggio Civitate at Vescovado di Murlo.  I worked at the Villa of Maxentius in Rome for 2 years before the project ended. I also spent 2 summers at the FSU excavations in Cosa. I try to stay involved in the classical world as best as possible, but am also starting to expand my academic interests beyond the traditional classics.