Classics Department Faculty and Contacts

General correspondence may be directed to [email protected].
Inquires for the department chair may be directed to [email protected].

J. Andrew Foster, Ph.D.

J. Andrew Foster

Ph.D., University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Classics

924E Lowenstein Building
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Interests: Greco-Roman Economies, Democratic Athens, Slavery and Human Trafficking

Andrew Foster has published, lectured, and taught on a wide array of topics ranging from economic risk-sharing in Classical Athens, financial syndication in Greco-Roman economies, Athenian public finance, Hellenistic poetry, and Classical reception, particularly the imagining and re-imagining of Ancient Sparta. His current book project, Risk and Assurance in Classical Athens, demonstrates how, in absence of formal insurance mechanisms, ancient Athenians identified, assessed, and managed the risks embedded within their legal, economic, and political institutions and practices.

Matthew McGowan

Matthew McGowan

Ph.D., New York University
Associate Professor of Classics

428A FMH, Department of Classics
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Interests: Latin literature, Greek and Roman religion, classical tradition

Matthew McGowan is interested in Latin literature, ancient scholarship, and classical reception. He has published broadly on a variety of Greek and Latin topics and is the author of Ovid in Exile (Brill, 2009). Having finished editing Classical New York: Greece and Rome in Gotham (Fordham University Press) and compiling a guide to the Greek and Latin inscriptions of New York City, he is writing a commentary on the Nux attributed to Ovid and completing a study of the Classics in early Jesuit education. He teaches a wide range of courses, from classical myth to Latin prose composition, and regularly leads tours where Latin can be found: Rome, Paris, the NY Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo. He was President of the New York Classical Club (2009-2015) and is now Vice-President for Communications and Outreach for the Society for Classical Studies (2016-2020).

Sarah Peirce

Ph.D., Bryn Mawr
Associate Professor of Classics

428C FMH
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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 of the 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 on Near 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.

Cristiana Sogno ([email protected], 212-636-7583, LL 915E) has moved to the Department of English and is no longer affiliated with the Department of Classics.

Emeritus Faculty

Harry B. Evans

Ph.D., North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Professor Emeritus of Classics
[email protected]

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).

Robert J. Penella

Ph.D., Harvard
Professor Emeritus of Classics
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Interests: Imperial Greek rhetoric and sophistic, ancient declamation, late antiquity, Roman historiography

Robert J. Penella taught in the Department of Classics for 45 years, serving as chair for 12 years. He retired in 2016. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities (1993) and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2002). In 2012, he was Jacobsson Visiting Scholar at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has a broad interest in Roman history and historiography, but his main research interests are Roman imperial rhetoric and oratory and Late Antiquity. Author of five books--on Apollonius of Tyana, Eunapius, Themistius, Himerius, and Libanius--and contributing editor of a book on Choricius, he has most recently published Libanius: Ten Mythological and Historical Declamations (Cambridge, 2020), and he has a second book on Libanius's declamations in progress.

George W. Shea

Ph.D., Columbia
Professor Emeritus of Classics
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Interests: Roman topography, Latin literature

George W. Shea taught 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.

  • Christopher Maginn
    Ph.D., National University of Ireland, Galway
    Professor of History and Interim Chair of Classics

    422C Lowenstein Building
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    Audra Furey-Croke
    Senior Executive Secretary, Rose Hill

    Dealy Hall 613
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    Kerri Maguire
    Executive Secretary, Lincoln Center

    924F Lowenstein Building
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