Graduate Students

Joshua Benjamins

Ph.D. Candidate
Tu 10-11, and by appointment, via Zoom

Later Roman Empire, historiography, Augustine, Christianity in the Roman Empire
Office Hours (Fall 2020): Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM & by appointment (via Zoom)

Research Interests: Classical art and archaeology; Roman and Etruscan/Italic material culture; Pompeian studies; foodways and the archaeology of consumption; household archaeology; social boundary formation and transculturation; visual culture; urbanism.

Sophie Cushman


Aegean prehistory; mortuary archaeology; identities, ethnicity, and material culture; archaeologies of state formation; cultural heritage and repatriation
Office Hours: M 3-5 and by appointment, via Zoom

Aegean prehistory; trade and communication in the ancient Mediterranean basin; technology and innovation in prehistory; prehistoric writing systems; Greek archaeology and religion; digital humanities
Office Hours: Th. 3-4:30, and by appointment via Zoom

Justin Hudak

Ph.D. Candidate

Latin poetry and its reception
Tu 9:30-10:30am (PT), Th 3-4pm (PT), and by appointment, via Zoom

Republican poetry, Greek and Roman New Comedy, language pedagogy
M W 2-3PM or by appt.

Greek literature and philosophy; history of classical scholarship
TuF 11 AM - noon. Make an appointment here:

Augustan elegy; critical theory, especially queer and feminist theory

Interdisciplinary approaches utilizing material culture and literature; Enslaved people and Identity; Labor; Social History
Thursdays 4-6pm PST, and by appointment (via Zoom)
Monday 9am-10am PDT/PST, Wednesday 7pm-8pm PDT/PST

Interests include conventions of lyric poetry; spatiality and temporality in Latin literature; untimeliness; the somatic experience of reading

I'm a PhD candidate interested in representations of animals in antiquity, especially in fables. I'm also enrolled in the Indigenous Language Revitalization Designated Emphasis. My dissertation looks at animal fables in Greek literature, using Ojibwe traditional stories (dibaajimowinan) and the work of Indigenous scholars to provide alternate perspectives to tricksters, myth, and human-animal relationships in the Greek fables.
Wed 1-3 or by appt - sign up at

Archaic Greek poetry; gender and sexuality; disability studies; self-alienation and dissociation
Tu 9-11 am (sign up by Tu 8 am)
Office Hours: Friday 10.00-11.00, 16.00-17.00, or by appointment

Critical theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis; (new) comedy, Apuleius