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Classics Faculty and Contacts

Faculty

Jacqueline ReichJacqueline Reich
Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Interim Chair

jreich8@fordham.edu

Jacqueline Reich is a scholar of Italian cinema, stardom and celebrity.  She is the author of the author of The Maciste Films of Italian Silent Cinema (Indiana UP, 2015) and Beyond the Latin Lover: Marcello Mastroianni, Masculinity, and Italian Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004). She is also co-author, with Catherine O’Rawe, of Divi.  La mascolinità nel cinema italiano (Donzelli, 2015) and co-editor with Piero Garofalo of Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943 (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2002).  She has written widely on Italian American cinema and culture, and is co-director, with Dr. Kathleen LaPenta, of the Bronx Italian American History Initiative, a community-engaged oral history research project at Fordham. 

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

924E Lowenstein Building
212-636-6355
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.

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

428A FMH, Department of Classics
718-817-3031
mamcgowan@fordham.edu

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
718-817-3140
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 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
212-636-7583
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. 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
Lecturer

428B Faculty Memorial Hall
dwright31@fordham.edu

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

John R. Clark
Ph.D., Cornell
Associate Professor

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, and medieval) 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 13th-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

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).

Robert J. Penella
Ph.D., Harvard
Professor Emeritus

428A FMH (Bronx Campus)
718-817-3137
rpenella@fordham.edu

Interests: Imperial Greek prose, Ancient Declamation, Late Antiquity, Roman historiography

Robert J. Penella has had a long-standing interest in Roman history and historiography, in which areas he did 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 (Cambridge, 2009), and is currently working on a translation of twelve declamations of Libanius (3-8, 11, 13-16, 24) and on various topics in imperial sophistic. He is a member of the advisory board of the Revue des études tardo-antiques.

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

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.

Admin

Eve Foti
Executive Secretary, Bronx Campus
Classics Department

428 FMH
718-817-3130
efoti@fordham.edu

Kerri Maguire
Executive Secretary, Lincoln Center

924F Lowenstein Building
212-636-6381
kmaguire@fordham.edu