Sunoikisis offers a faculty members a range of opportunities for involvement. Many faculty members offer the Sunoikisis courses at their institutions and lead one of the weekly common sessions. Others participate in the course planning seminar and assist in evaluating student examinations. Senior faculty serve as course consultants during the planning sessions and work with the course directors who run the planning seminars and coordinate the weekly common sessions during the fall courses.
Current Participating Faculty
The following faculty members are teaching or assisted in planning the 2016-17 Sunoikisis courses.
Monica Berti is Assistant Professor at the University of Leipzig (Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities), where she teaches courses in digital philology and digital scholarly editing. She has been working since 2008 with the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University, where she has also been visiting professor in the Department of Classics. Her research interests are mainly focused on ancient Greece and the digital humanities and she has been extensively publishing and leading projects in both fields. She is currently working on representing quotations and text reuses of ancient lost works and she is leading the Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS), which is part of the Open Philology Project of the Humbolt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig. One of the correlated projects of LOFTS is a new digital edition of Athenaeus’ Deipnosophists. She is also currently leading a Sunoikisis program in Digital Classics in Europe.
Jennifer Besse studied classics and archaeology at New College in Florida (BA 1994), and continued her work in classics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (MA 1995) where she focused on the politics of archaic Greek poetry. While studying classics, she was an archaeological illustrator in the field (Belgium and Israel) and in the UW lab (Oaxaca and Harappan cultures). After teaching Latin in a high school outside DC for four years, she took a break from classics as a scuba instructor in St. Thomas, USVI and as a 50-ton boat captain in Clearwater, FL. She returned to classics in 2012 and has been teaching classics at Elizabethtown College and Millersville University in Lancaster County, PA.
Patrick J. Burns is the Assistant Research Scholar and Digital & Special Projects Associate at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Library. He recently received his doctorate from Fordham University where he completed a dissertation on the influence of Latin love elegy on Lucan’s Bellum Civile. Patrick is active in the field of Digital Classics and is currently working on a project for Google Summer of Code on improving the automated detection of lemmata in Latin and Greek texts for the Classical Language Toolkit.
D. Ben DeSmidt joined the Carthage faculty in 2005, where he is now Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Classics. His interests center on the Latin language and literature, and more broadly on the influence of ancient legal thought on the origins of the novel. He earned his B.A. (1995) from the University of Chicago and his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. (2006) from Columbia University.
John Esposito finished his PhD in Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill in August 2015 with a dissertation on hetaireia in Homer. His research addresses themes of interpersonal relationships, war and peace, boundaries and limits, leadership, and psychological growth. He has recently published on the metaphysical implications of the last spoken words in Vergil’s _Aeneid_ (‘Pallas te hoc vulnere..’) and is currently revising articles on Ajax’s suicide in Sophocles’ _Ajax_, Jason’s theory of mind in Apollonius’ _Argonautica_, and Caesar’s self-presentation as military and civil leader in the BG and BC, in addition to dissertation-related pieces on Homeric warrior-companionship. He has taught courses on ancient languages, classical mythology, and etymology, and has served as teaching assistant in three academic departments (Asian Studies and Computer Science as well as Classics). He also has experience in digital humanities, software development, and digital publishing, and is currently editor-in-chief at an online publisher and research firm for software developers while serving as technology consultant for a Sunoikisis-run collaborative online syllabus on ancient leadership.
Ryan C. Fowler (PhD Rutgers University) is the CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development. He recently completed two book manuscripts: The Imperial Plato (working title; forthcoming , Parmenides Press), and Plato in the Third Sophistic (forthcoming , De Gruyter Publishing). During the fall 2013 semester, Ryan was the course director for the Greek lyric Sunoikisis course with Gregory Nagy and the Early Republican Literature Sunoikisis course with Niall Slater.
Gwendolyn Gruber (PhD University of Iowa) studies philosophy in the ancient world. Her research focuses on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura and its appropriation and assimilation of earlier poetic and philosophical traditions. She is currently developing an article about Lucretius’ expansion of Hesiod’s didactic form and linguistic cues. She is also the course director for the spring 2015 Sunoikisis course, “Reading the Odyssey“.
Hal Haskell is professor and chair of Classics at Southwestern University. He has been involved in Sunoikisis intercampus synchronous learning and teaching for over 15 years. Dr. Haskell’s research involves studies of the economic history of the Greek Aegean Bronze Age. He holds a B.A. in classics from Haverford College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Kenny Morrell joined the faculty at Rhodes College in the fall of 1993 after teaching for several years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Having grown up in southeastern Idaho where the nearest Latin teacher was a couple of days away by fast horse (or three hours by car), his academic pilgrimage to the world of classics began at Stanford University. After graduating in the spring of 1982 with B.A. degrees in German Studies and Classics, he journeyed to the other coast and began his post-graduate training at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in classical philology in the fall of 1989. Since his time at Harvard as a graduate student, he has been involved in a number of initiatives to incorporate the use of informational technology in the study of ancient Greece and Rome. He was, for example, a member of the team that developed Perseus: Interactive Sources for the Study of Ancient Greek Civilization, a collection of texts and images on CD-ROM (now available on the web at www.perseus.tufts.edu). In 1995 Professor Morrell and his colleagues from sister institutions in the Associated Colleges of the South established Sunoikisis, a “virtual” department of classics, to expand the opportunities for students of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. One aspect of this initiative was an excavation and survey in the Elmalı plain of southwestern Turkey, on which he worked during the summers from 1998 to 2005. Since 2003, Professor Morrell has been affiliated with the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. (www.chs.harvard.edu), which now serves as the home for Sunoikisis. At the CHS he directs the fellowship and curricular development programs.
Andrej Petrovic is a historian and a classicist, interested in ancient Greek social and cultural history. His areas of research specialization include study of epigraphy and Greek religion and he has an ever increasing interest in anthropology, esp. of religion, and history of medicine. He studied Classics at Belgrade University (diploma), and in September 1999, he moved to Heidelberg to work on verse-inscriptions for his Ph.D ( Ph.D. in Ancient History 2004, Ruprecht-Karls University).
Ivana Petrovic is a Senior Lecturer in Greek Literature and has a Diploma in Classics from Belgrade University and a Ph.D. in Greek literature from Giessen University. She was a Fellow of Sasakawa Peace Foundation (1999), and a Residential Fellow at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies (2009/10). Her main research interests are Ancient Greek literature, religion and South-Slavic oral traditional poetry.
Lindsay Samson enjoys reading a wide variety of Classical literature, but her research focuses primarily on Theocritus. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 2013, while teaching part-time at Agnes Scott College. When she is not researching or teaching, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and experimenting in the kitchen.
Susan Satterfield is an Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Rhodes College. A native of Alabama, she received her BA in Classics from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and her PhD in Classics from Princeton University. She studies Roman religion in the Republic and early Empire and has written several articles on prodigy reporting and expiation in Rome.
David Sick, a native of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, earned his high school diploma from the public school district in Lancaster, PA. He first encountered the Greeks and Romans as a student of Thomas Falkner and Vivian Holliday at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. He earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from the Department of Classical and New Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. The diversity of offerings of that department allowed him to study both ancient Indian and Iranian languages in addition to Latin and Greek, and, as a result, much of his research tends to be of a comparative nature. he wrote his dissertation, “Cattle, Sacrifice, and the Sun: a Mythic Cycle in Greece, Iran, and India,” under the guidance of William Malandra and Philip Sellew. The article, “When Socrates met the Buddha: Greek and Indian Dialectic in Hellenistic Bactria and India,” examines the Greek inscriptions of the Buddhist King Aśoka. The latter piece was a finalist for the Mary Boyce Award given annually by the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. His most recent work has focused on elements of classical culture in the New Testament and can be found in the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Journal of Theological Studies, and Biblical Interpretation. He has served as the adviser to the ΒΨ chapter of ΗΣΦ, the national honor society for Greek and Roman studies, since his arrival at Rhodes in 1997. He was a trustee for the national society from 2005-2011 and presently holds the office of Executive Secretary.
Amy Singer is an assistant professor of sociology at Franklin & Marshall College, and her current research investigates the global flow of commodities and culture through an examination of two distinctive Indonesian foods—Balinese sea salt and Javanese cashews—and two businesses that bring them to market in the United States. She has been doing assessment work for the advanced Greek and Latin Sunoikisis courses since 2013.
Heather Waddell is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Concordia College, and her M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Iowa. Her research interests include Greek rhetorical education, Greek lyric poetry, and ancient gender and sexuality studies. She has published and presented research on topics ranging from the portrayal of women in Greek declamation, to the poetic language of Catullus, to black classicism.
Bryce Walker is an Assistant Professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Walker’s primary area of research is in Latin literature, specifically Roman satire and related genres. He has given papers recently on the function of philosophical moralizing in the satires of Juvenal as well as the connections between insanity and satirical discourse. While exploring questions of social criticism more broadly in both the Roman and Greek worlds, Professor Walker is currently revising his dissertation for publication.