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Faculty and Contacts


Department of Classics Faculty
428 Faculty Memorial Hall (FMH)
Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458-5154
TEL  718-817-3130 
FAX 718-817-0875

John R. Clark

Harry B. Evans

J. Andrew Foster

Matthew McGowan


Sarah Peirce

Robert J. Penella

George W. Shea

Cristiana Sogno

chairman



prof. John R. Clark




Department Secretary


Ms. Eve Foti
428 FMH
718-817-3130 



Faculty


John R. Clark
Ph.D., Cornell
Associate Professor
428B FMH (Bronx Campus)
718-817-3135
email: clark@fordham.edu
Interests: Greco-Roman comedy, Latin palaeography

John R. Clark, with a dissertation and publications on Roman comedy, a book on the Renaissance Latin Platonist Marsilio Ficino, a number of articles on medieval Latin literature, and an abiding interest in manuscript studies, keeps himself busy at Fordham teaching Latin (classical, Christian, andmedieval) at all levels, classical drama in translation, and graduate courses in Roman comedy and satire, medieval Latin surveys and seminars, and Latin palaeography.  During the summers, he offers a course on ecclesiastical Latin and occasional tutorials.  Having just completed an article for Traditio on a recently discovered thirteenth-century text on alchemy and religion, he is looking forward to resuming his work on the interlocking themes of trickery and chance in Roman comedy, to be followed by the editing of a medieval Latin reader especially designed for a classics audience.


Harry B. Evans
Ph.D., North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Professor Emeritus
email: hevans@fordham.edu
Interests: Roman topography, Latin literature

Harry B. Evans is primarily interested in Roman topography: he has written two books and co-edited a third on topographical topics, and two of the five doctoral dissertations he directed during his 25 years at Fordham focused on Roman topography.  He has been a Rome Prize Fellow and Resident in Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome and also taught three years at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, twice as professor-in-charge.  He served as secretary-treasurer of the American Philological Association for five years and was also elected APA Vice President for Program for a four-year term.  In retirement, he has recently published Exploring the Kingdom of Saturn: Kircher's Latium and its Legacy (University of Michigan, 2012). 


J. Andrew Foster
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Assistant Professor
924E Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
New York NY 10023
212-636-6355
mail: foster@fordham.edu
Interests: Greek literature

Andrew Foster specializes in Greek literature.  He has published articles and reviews primarily in the area of Hellenistic literature.  His current research is devoted to conceptions of uncertainty and risk in Ancient Greece.



Matthew McGowan
Ph.D., New York University
Associate Professor
428D FMH (Bronx Campus), Department of Classics: 718-817-3031
660 Faber (Bronx Campus), Honors Program: 718-817-3132
mail: mamcgowan@fordham.edu
Interests: Latin literature, Greek and Roman religion, classical tradition

Matthew McGowan is interested in Roman poetry, ancient scholarship, and the classical tradition.  He has published articles on Vergil, Ovid, Renaissance Latin, and Latin pedagogy and is the author of Ovid in ExilePower and Poetic Redress in the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto (Brill, 2009).  Recently he has lectured on Lucretius, Cicero, Tibullus, and Seneca and has begun work on a concise introduction to Latin lexicography.  He teaches a wide range of courses, from classical myth to Latin prose composition, and has instituted the mensa Latina (spoken Latin table) at the Rose Hill campus.  He is currently serving as director of the Honors Program in Fordham College, Rose Hill.

http://faculty.fordham.edu/mamcgowan



Sarah Peirce
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr
Associate Professor
428C FMH (Bronx Campus)
718-817-3140 
email: peirce@fordham.edu
Interests: Greek religion, drama, history, classical archaeology

Sarah Peirce is a classical archaeologist with special interests in Greek vase-painting iconography, Greek religion, and Greek social history.  She has a book forthcoming on the "Lenaia Vases" and Bacchic cult and has published reviews and articles on Greek art and religion.  Her next project is on the "symposion of the blessed" in Greek vase-painting and in the religion ofthe afterlife.  She teaches courses in Greek language, literature, history, and religion and tutorials in Greek vase-painting.  She also has an interest in the ancient Near East and the Bronze Age Aegean; she teaches a course onNear Eastern history and the ancient history segment of the freshman Honors Program sequence on the ancient world.  She has long-standing ties to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and has served as chair of its Committee on Admissions and as co-director of its summer session.



Robert J. Penella
Ph.D., Harvard
Professor
428A FMH (Bronx Campus)
718-817-3137  
email: rpenella@fordham.edu
Interests: Imperial Greek prose, Late Antiquity, Roman historiography

Robert J. Penella has had a long-standing interest in Roman history and historiography, in which areas he does most of his teaching.  His main research interest, however, is the imperial Greek rhetorical and oratorical tradition from Dio Chrysostom to the School of Gaza, and he regards late antiquity as his major scholarly home.  Past holder of NEH and Guggenheim fellowships, he is the author of four books, most recently The Private Orations of Themistius (Berkeley 2000) and Man and the Word: The Orations of Himerius (Berkeley, 2007).  He is contributing editor of Rhetorical Exercises from Late Antiquity: Choricius of Gaza, Preliminary Talks and Declamations, a collaborative translation (2009), and is currently working on a translation of Libanius's mythological declamations (3-8) and on various topics in imperial sophistic.  He is a member of the editorial board of the New England Classical Journal and of the Revue des études tardo-antiques.

http://faculty.fordham.edu/rpenella/



George W. Shea
Ph.D., Columbia
Professor Emeritus 
email: gshea@fordham.edu
Interests: late antiquity, Latin literature

George W. Shea, associate chair for Lincoln Center, teaches courses in Latin language and literature as well as classics in translation.  He has published three books on Latin poetry in addition to articles and reviews in both classics and other areas of general scholarly interest.  He was for fifteen years Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center.  He has a special interest in international education and has taught and lectured in Japan, Australia, and Italy, where for five years he directed Fordham's summer study program in Orvieto.


Cristiana Sogno
Ph.D., Yale
Associate Professor
915E Lowenstein Building
Fordham-Lincoln Center
113 West 60th Street
New York NY 10023
212-636-7583 
email: sogno@fordham.edu
Interests: Latin literature, Roman history, Late Antiquity

Cristiana Sogno is a classicist with a special interest in late Latin literature and Roman history.  She is the author of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus: A Political Biography (Ann Arbor, 2006) and is working on a literary and historical commentary (in Italian) on the orations of Symmachus.  She is a co-editor of From the Tetrarchs to the Theodosians: Later Roman History and Culture (Cambridge, 2010).  Her current research focuses on curiosity in Roman society and literature.  She teaches a wide variety of courses in Latin literature and classical civilization and is currently co-editing with Jennifer Ebbeler an intermediate Latin reader entitled Pagans and Christians.


(last revised August 2013)
 






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