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Alumni Stories

Students who complete the Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program go on to pursue fascinating careers. While many enter doctoral studies after completing the program, some begin master's degree programs in classical studies or philosophy to continue their preparation for PhD work. Others enter terminal masters programs in preparation for teaching careers or curatorial work, or begin professional careers immediately after completing the program. Read about some of our recent alumni below.

The following lists include programs in which our alumni have enrolled within the past three years:

Doctoral degree programs

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington

Master’s degree programs

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Florida State University
  • Notre Dame
  • Rutgers
  • San Francisco State University
  • St. Andrew’s University
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University College London
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Vermont
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University

Alumni Stories

  • Education:

    Master of Arts
    Vanderbilt University, 2013

    Bachelor of Arts, Classical Civilization
    University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

    Emily’s primary interests include Latin and Greek literature, especially Roman poetic influence on 20th century writers. She has written on several topics, including Judeo-Roman relations under the emperor Hadrian. Upon graduation Emily earned the Helen Caldwell Prize for Outstanding Major. Emily’s research and teaching interests include Latin and Greek literature, especially Roman poetic influence on 20th century writers. In 2014, Emily entered a PhD program at the University of Chicago.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts, Classical Civilizations, Anthropology
    University of California, Berkeley, 2010

    During his time at UC Berkely, Chris participated in the exchange program with Durham University in England, studying archaeology and ancient history. While abroad, he also took part in the archaeological dig at the Roman city of Sanisera, organized by the Ecomuseum of the Cape of Cavalleria in Minorca, Spain. Chris’s interests vary from Roman archaeology to the study of early Christianity in Late Antiquity, but find some common ground in the study of Roman religion. Areas of particular interest include the study of Saint Augustine, imperial cults and veneration of the emperor, and ancient cities. Chris is currently working towards his PhD at the UCLA Department of History.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts
    Wellesley College, 2009

    Morgan entered Penn’s Ancient History program in 2011 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilizations with honors from Wellesley College (2009) and completing a year in the Post-Baccalaureate Program at Penn (2010-2011).  Her interests include Greek and Roman historiography; ancient maritime trade and technology; economics; ecology; resource management.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts
    Messiah College, 2010

    In addition to serving as an archaeology research assistant, Andrew has volunteered for one season on the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project in Larnaka, Cyprus, helping to catalog and analyze artifacts excavated from a 5th-century Christian basilica. His research interests include the religions of Late Antiquity, specifically early Christian theology, patristics and the persistence of Roman polytheism in Late Antiquity. Andrew’s senior research paper examined the motivations behind the clergy’s denunciation of laypeople using apotropaic objects, such as amulets, during the 4th–5th centuries C.E. Andrew credits his time in the post-baccalaureate program with solidifying languages and helping him determine how to market himself between Ancient History and Religious Studies. Andrew is currently pursuing a PhD in Early Christianity at Boston University.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology and Linguistics
    Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 2011

    Stephen’s interests include Anglo-Saxon language and culture; sociocultural implications surrounding Medieval Latin, heroic and epic poetry (English, Spanish, Latin, Old English, Greek); the history of the English language; and church history. While at Miami University, he completed a senior honors thesis about the Old English Biblical-Epic poem "Exodus." Stephen presented his findings at the 2011 Southeastern Medieval Conference in Decatur, Ga. He also spent a semester in India with the Dalai Lama and Tibetan exile community studying language ideology and oppression. He looks forward to merging his diverse disciplinary points of view in future work and research in Medieval Studies. Stephen is currently at Indiana University, pursuing a PhD in English (interests in Medieval Studies).

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts
    University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010

    Sara Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics with Distinction in the Major from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 2010. She volunteered for two seasons on the Priniatikos Pyrgos Archaeological Project in East Crete, and in 2008 she began work as a Research Assistant for Dr. Erickson (UCSB), focusing on the Classical pottery from the site. The following summer, she returned to the Greek island in order to analyze pottery for her own research on ceramic production and trade during the Hellenistic period. Upon completion of her post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Sara entered the Museum Studies program at San Francisco State University.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts
    Dartmouth College, 2009

    Dominic Machado earned a BA (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Ancient History and Economics from Dartmouth College in 2009, where he wrote an honors thesis on Marcus Claudius Marcellus. In the fall of 2010, he entered the Penn post-baccalaureate in Classical Studies. His interests include the development of Roman militarism during the conquest of the Mediterranean, Roman numismatics and the reception of Classics in modern entertainment. With Paul Christesen, he has presented his research in the paper "Gods, Generals and Games" at the 2008 Meeting of the APA and the 2010 Classical Association of New England Summer Institute. Dominic is currently a PhD candidate at Brown University.

Current Students

Student Profiles

Read about the 2014 cohort of students, whose interestes include Imperial Latin poetry, Sophoclean tragedy and intertextuality.

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