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Classics Faculty and Contacts


Robert Hume

Robert J. Hume, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Political Science and Interim Chair of Classics

Robert J. Hume is a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. Dr. Hume has degrees from the College of the Holy Cross (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A., Ph.D.). He is the author of three books on law and policy: How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior (Routledge 2009, winner of the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Professional Studies), Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States (Oxford University Press 2013), and Ethics and Accountability on the U.S. Supreme Court: An Analysis of Recusal Practices (SUNY Press 2017). He has published in American Politics Research, the Law & Society Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Justice System Journal, and Publius. His textbook, Judicial Behavior and Policymaking: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield 2018), is now available.

Andrew Foster

J. Andrew Foster
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Associate Professor

924E Lowenstein Building

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.

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Matthew McGowan
Ph.D., New York University
Associate Professor

428A FMH, Department of Classics

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

428C FMH

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
Ph.D., Yale
Associate Professor

915E Lowenstein Building

Interests: Latin literature, Roman history, Late Antiquity

Cristiana Sogno is a classicist with a special interest in late Latin literature and Roman history. Among her most recent publication is a co-edited volume with B. Storin and E. Watts, A Critical Introduction and Reference Guide to Letter Collections in Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2016), and a chapter on a long term project on curiosity (“A Critique of Curiosity: Magic and Fiction in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses” in Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel, B. MacQueen, D. Konstan, M. Futre-Pinheiro, 2017). Current Project: the joint biography of a Late antique power couple.

Other Faculty

David Wright

David Wright
Ph.D., Rutgers University

428B Faculty Memorial Hall

Interests: Greco-Roman Poetry, Roman history, Classics, and social justice

Dr. Wright’s research interests include Greco-Roman poetry (especially Augustan), Roman history (especially Late Republican), and reception studies. He currently is pursuing a book project that explores the Giants and Titans in the Greco-Roman world. He has published on topics ranging from Anna in the Aeneid and representations of sexual violence in ancient art. Forthcoming publications include chapters in edited volumes that examine the image of Scylla on the coins of Sextus Pompey, the significance of the Isthmus of Corinth in Imperial poetry, and representations of Thetis in popular culture. At Fordham he teaches courses on literature, history, and language. David is also passionate about using ancient texts and art to foster discussions about contemporary social issues, and is committed to making Classics more accessible.

Emeritus Faculty

Harry B. Evans
Ph.D., North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Professor Emeritus

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).

George W. Shea
Ph.D., Columbia
Professor Emeritus

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.


Gabrielle Kelly
Interm Executive Secretary, Rose Hill Campus
Classics Department

428 FMH

Kerri Maguire
Executive Secretary, Lincoln Center

924F Lowenstein Building