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Orit Avishai
Associate Professor of Sociology and Interim Chair

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

924E Lowenstein Building

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

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

Rachel Philbrick
Ph.D., Brown

924E Lowenstein Building


Rachel Philbrick is a philologist whose research focuses on Latin literature of the late republic and early empire, particularly Latin elegy and epic. She has a special interest in travel narratives and accounts of the edges of the world, where the boundary between truth and fiction becomes hazy, and the ensuing issues of credibility. Her current book project digs into these issues through an examination the rhetorical figure of hyperbole in Ovid's exile poetry, which has often been thought to conflict with the autobiographical nature of the poems and render them "unbelievable." She teaches undergraduate literature and language courses at all levels.

David Wright

David Wright
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Adjunct Professor

428D Faculty Memorial Hall

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

David Wright is a generalist whose research interests include Greco-Roman poetry (especially Augustan) and Roman history (especially Late Republican). His dissertation treats the Giants, Titans, and their association with civil strife in ancient Greece and Rome. At the University of Arizona and Rutgers University, he has taught Latin and Greek language courses, as well as civilization courses ranging from Roman Civilization to Greek and Roman Athletics to Greek and Roman Religion. At Fordham, he teaches both Athenian Democracy and Tragedy and Comedy. David helped edit the Latin reader, Legends of Early Rome: Authentic Latin Prose for the Beginning Student (Yale University Press, 2015), and has two forthcoming publications on Anna in the Aeneid and the coins of Sextus Pompey. He is a co-founder of the Multiculturalism, Race, and Ethnicity in Classics Consortium, which seeks to make Classics more inclusive for students of underrepresented backgrounds and to encourage the teaching of topics that deal with race and ethnicity.

Emeritus Faculty

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

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

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)

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

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.


Eve Foti
Executive Secretary, Bronx Campus
Classics Department

428 FMH

Kerri Maguire
Executive Secretary, Lincoln Center

924F Lowenstein Building