We would like to hear from you, our alumni, so please send us your news! And remember to let us know if your mailing and/or e-mail addresses have changed (or will be changing). You can update them at the UCLA alumni page:
UCLA Ph.D.s in Classics and related fields since 1989
Melissa Schons Bishop (1998), Instructor of Latin, Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Florida
Robin Bond (1999), Instructor, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Washington State University
Laurel Bowman (1994), Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria
Brendan Burke (Archaeology 1998), Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Michael Brumbaugh (2011) Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Tulane University
Robert Cape, Jr. (1991), Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Classical and Modern Languages,
Fabrizio Cavoto (Indo-European Studies 2004), Malmö, Sweden
Kathryn Chew (1994), Associate Professor of Classics, Department of World Comparative Literature & Classics,
California State University, Long Beach
Cynthia Colburn (Art History 2003), Assistant Professor, Art History and Humanities, Seaver College,
Mary Depew (1989), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Iowa
Basil Dufallo (1999), Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Seán Easton (2003), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Gustavus Adolphus College
Christopher Eckerman (2007), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of Oregon, Eugene
Darel Engen (History 1996), Associate Professor, Department of History, California State University, San Marcos
Gordon Fain (2005), Professor, Department of Physiological Science, UCLA
Jonathan Fenno (1995), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Mississippi
Anthony Forte, S.J. (1991), Lecturer, Pontificio Istituto Biblico, Rome
Thomas Frazel (1998), Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Tulane University
Lorenzo Garcia (2007), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of New Mexico
Owen Goslin (2006), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Mary Hart (Art History 1992), Associate Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Villa of the J. Paul Getty Museum
Maura K. Heyn (Art History 1998), Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies,
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Louise Hitchcock (Archaeology 2002), Senior Lecturer, School of Historical Studies, Centre for Classics & Archaeology, University of Melbourne, Australia
Chris Johanson (2008), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, UCLA
Lillian Joyce (Art History 1997), Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History,
University of Alabama at Huntsville
John Kearns (1992), Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and General Education,
Associate Professor of History and Humanities, Hawaii Pacific University
Shanna Kennedy-Quigley (Art History 2008), Lecturer, Department of Art History, UCLA and
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Julie Laskaris (1999), Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Richmond
Andrew Lear (2004), Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Pomona College
Nancy Llewellyn (2005), Assistant Professor, Wyoming Catholic College
Michael Lovano (History 1996), Assistant Professor of History, Director of the Program of Classical Studies,
St. Norbert College
Karen Manchester (Art History 1991), Curator, Ancient Art, The Art Institute of Chicago
Charles McNelis (1999), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Georgetown University
Angelo Mercado (Indo-European Studies 2006), Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Colgate University
Jason Moralee (History 2002), Associate Professor, Department of History, Illinois Wesleyan University
Geoffrey Nathan (History 1995), Lecturer, School of History, University of New South Wales, Australia
Kanehiro Nishimura (Indo-European Studies 2007) Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Classics,
Kyoto University, Japan
Natalie Operstein (Indo-European Studies 2007) Visiting Assistant Professor, Program in Linguistics,
Universidad de Sonora, Mexico
Victor Ortiz (1993), Associate Director of Academic Technology, Marlborough School, Los Angeles
Steve Reece (1990), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, St. Olaf College
Rebecca Resinski (1998), Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Hendrix College
Nick Rockwell (History 2008), Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Denver
Craig Russell (2013) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Amherst College
Frank Russell (1994), Associate Professor, Department of History, Transylvania University
Catherine Schlegel (1994), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Notre Dame
Emma Scioli (2005), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of Kansas
Charles Stein (2013) Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Ann Steinsapir (Art History 1998), Museum Educator at the Getty Villa of the J. Paul Getty Museum
Charles Stocking (2009), Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario
Damien Stocking (Comparative Literature 2004), Assistant Professor, Department of English
and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College
Sarolta Takács (History 1992), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Rutgers University
Christine Thompson (2007), Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Classics,
University of Akron
Aurelijus Vijūnas (Indo-European Studies 2006), Assistant Professor, Department of English,
National Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Brian Walters (2011) Assistant Professor, Department of the Classics, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Tara Silvestri Welch (1999), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Kansas
Karol Wight (Art History 1991), Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Villa of the J. Paul Getty Museum
Christopher Wilhelm (Indo-European Studies 2001), Chair, Foreign Languages Department,
Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena, California
UCLA BAs with majors or minors in Classical Civilization, Greek, Latin, and Greek & Latin
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Hayley Iwig (Classical Civilization and Psychology double major, 2015) is working as a staff research associate in the Kasari Research Lab in the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment.
Katherine Takakjian (Classical Civilization major; English, Gender Studies, Political Science minor, 2015) is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Stanford Law School, and is considering applying to a dual degree program in order to pursue a Masters in Ancient History.
Carmella Passero (Classical Civilization minor, Italian and Special Fields Major, 2014) did a six-month internship at the Wende Museum in Culver City and is now living in Munich where she is taking German classes. If all goes well, she will start a Master's program in Art History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in October 2015.
Matt Long (Classical Civilization major, Digital Humanities minor, 2014) is the Online Media and Marketing Manager for the Division of Geriatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine.
Stephen Milburn (Classical Civilization major, 2014) is working as an editor and administrator for the research division of the Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, & Pain Medicine in addition to working as a Latin tutor in San Mateo County.
Robert D. Skeels (Classical Civilization major, 2014) was accepted into Peoples College of Law (Class of 2018) in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. He and his wife still reside in their house in Historic Filipinotown, and he still works as the senior researcher for a privately held electronics firm in Koreatown.
Demetrius Papadakis (Classical Civilization major, Global Studies minor, 2013) is living in Berlin, Germany where he is about to begin work as an English teacher while continuing to learn German.
Erika Regina Schulz (Classical Civilization and French major, 2013) is entering her third and final year at the UCLA Law School (Class of 2016). She has been elected class president for all three years. The past two summers she has interned at law firms specializing in medical malpractice defense.
Ginny Boles (Greek and Latin major, summa cum laude, Departmental Highest Honors, 2012) is currently teaching high school Latin and middle school English at Oakcrest School in McLean, VA. After graduating, she designed the middle school Latin curriculum for the South Bronx Classical Charter School in New York and then taught middle school Latin at the Geneva School of Manhattan.
Blake Livesay (Classical Civilization major, 2011), after working briefly as a counselor in the Classics Department, is working as the Student Affairs Officer in the Department of Philosophy at UCLA, just upstairs from his old department.
Seraphina Tarrant (Classical Civilization major, 2010) is a Product Manager on one of Google's Billion+ enterprise advertising software products.
Mara Kutter (Classical Civilization and History major, 2010) attended the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for two years and entered the PhD program in Classics at the University of Michigan in 2012.
Tim Smith (Greek and Latin major, 2010) is pursuing a PhD in Classics at Johns Hopkins University.
Benjamin Treger (Greek and Latin major, 2009) studied law at Stanford Law School. He now works as an employment law attorney at Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP in Santa Monica.
Amanda Weldy (English and Italian major with special field in Classical Civilization, 2009) is currently Provost's Fellow in USC's English PhD program, specializing in Classical transmission in the 18th century Neoclassical period.
Karen Duckworth (Greek & Latin and Comparative Literature double major, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures minor, 2008) is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working on her Masters of Public Health with Registered Dietician training.
Veronica Peters (Classical Civilization major, 2008) is currently working as a product tester for digital camcorders in Cisco, San Jose.
Renata Skaletzky (Classical Civilization major, 2008) is a Research Assistant at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles.
Caroline Cheung (Classical Civilization and Biochemistry major 2007) is currently pursuing her PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a BA in Classical Civilization and post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics through UCLA Extension. In 2011, she completed her MA in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University.
Miriam Snoyman (Greek and Latin major, 2007) currently lives in Israel. She is married with two children: Eliezer (2 1/2 yrs) and Gavriella (2 mths). She works with her husband developing open- source software.
Elke Nash (Classical Civilization major 2007) is currently pursuing her PhD in Classics at the University of Southern California. She completed the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics through UCLA Extension and also worked as an assistant in the Director's Office at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2007 and 2008.
Jonathan Boustani (Classical Civilization major, 2007) graduated from Columbia Law School in 2010. He is currently working for a law firm in Irvine and considering further graduate work in a Classics related field.
Douglas Underwood (Classical Civilization major, 2007) received an MA from the University of Missouri in 2010, and a Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of St Andrews. His research is on Roman and Late antique archaeology, specifically looking at urban public monuments.
Erik Latshaw (History major, English minor, 2004, Postbaccalaureate in Classics 2006) is an independent, non-commissioned researcher and Certified Sommelier living in Los Angeles.
Moon Kim (Greek and Latin major, 2005) completed her MLIS and graduate certificate in Digital Humanities from UCLA. She is an Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Washington.
Nathan Pollock (Classical Civilization and Economics double major, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Highest Honors for Senior Thesis, 2005) is the founder, and owner/operator of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant in San Francisco. He was a management consultant for almost 4 years UCLA, where he worked on strategic business initiatives with a variety of companies. However, his love of food, architecture, and being in front of people in customer-oriented role lead me to team up with a business partner, write a business plan for The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, and they will be opening their doors for business in May 2010. They've spent over a year, planning the menu; publicizing the restaurant, and designing and building the restaurant space and are very excited to start serving their customers!
Kyle Erickson (Greek and Latin and History double major, 2005) is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David. He completed his PhD in March 2010 at the University of Exeter, UK, with a thesis entitled "The Early Seleucids, their Gods and their Coins." http://www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk/en/schoolofclassics/staff/kyleerickson/
Christine Company (Classical Civilization major, 2002) received her MA in Italian Literature from UCLA in 2005. She currently works for NBCUniversal as an Associate IP Producer liasing between outside film studios and Universal on Ride and Land Development and Production for the theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and international properties.
Eleni Hioureas (American Literature major, Classics and Political Science Minors, Magna Cum Laude, College and Departmental Honors, 2001) earned her MA in Modern Literature from the University of York, England in 2003. Now, she is an English professor at Santa Monica College, where she focuses primarily on teaching composition courses. Last summer, she led a study abroad program to Greece and taught ancient and modern Greek literature in translation for that program.
Teo Martinez (Classical Civilization major, 1999) is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency.
Lynne West (Greek and Latin major, 1999) completed her MA in Classics at UCSB in 2001. Since then she has been teaching all levels of Latin at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. She recently received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching and will be heading to the Netherlands in January for five months to conduct a research project on instructional techniques used by Dutch foreign language teachers. Press release here.
Melinda Borjon Heinlein (Classical Civilization & History double major, 1993) works for Apple in the Worldwide Developer Relations group. She received a MBA from Babson College in 2003. At Apple, she leads the team of people responsible for helping developers build the best mobile apps in the Education, Children's, Books, and Medical market segments.
Jay Yerkes (Classical Civilization major, 1993) has been a self-employed independent financial advisor since 1996. He also earned an MBA in 1995. He is the elected City Treasurer for the City of Vacaville, CA, the President of the Solano Community College Educational Foundation, and is married with a daughter and 2 pugs. Had he stayed in the Classics realm, he would be doing groundbreaking research into the ancient astronaut theory and helping to rewrite our history books.
Jill Urstein-Horowitz (Classical Civilization major, 1992) received her MA. Ed from Pepperdine in 1998 and is currently teaching third grade at Ranchito Elementary in LAUSD.
Kevin Daly (Greek and Latin major, 1991) received his PhD in Classics from Harvard University and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/about/staff
Victoria Bryant (Classical Civilization major, Departmental Highest Honors, 1987) went on to get Masters in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, completed internship requirements and became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California; retired from ballet, continued certification as Pilates, Shiatsu, and massage practitioner, owns and cultivates a private somatic practice since 1994 – owner of Navigating Gravity Studio, in north Orange county; in the Fall of 2015, expanding the practice to Manhattan Beach, opening in conjunction with Gyrotonic South Bay Studios and Wellness Center.