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People who have studied Latin, Greek, Classical Studies and Classical Archaeology at the University of Washington have gone on to work in fields including education, law, journalism, business and entrepreneurship, and the sciences.  UW Classics Ph.D.s are teaching at institutions across the U.S. and Canada. 

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Alumni News

June 14, 2021
By Catherine Connors We are saddened to report that Rochelle Snee, who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington, passed away during 2020. Her research focused on religious and political developments in Byzantium.  She served on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma for many years and is also fondly remembered as an active member of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest. We wish to include here in its entirety the obituary which appeared in the ... Read more
April 26, 2021
by Stephen Hinds Grace Funsten (PhCand) and Adriana Vazquez (PhD '17) are among the five Ancient Studies winners, and the 32 winners across the arts and humanities at large, of the 2021-22 Rome Prize, which brings together scholars and artists for year-long residential fellowships in the American Academy in Rome, beautifully situated high on the Gianicolo. Grace's project is titled 'En versus... Read more
gorey book
April 16, 2021
by Stephen Hinds Congratulations to Matthew Gorey, whose book Atomism in the Aeneid: Physics, Politics, and Cosmological Disorder was published in March by Oxford University Press; it seems like no time ago that Matthew was defending the dissertation prototype here in Seattle.  The front cover image shows 'Neptune calming the tempest from Book I of the Aeneid' by Marcantonio Raimondi (ca. 1515-16).  The back cover tells us on excellent authority that the book 'makes an... Read more
March 24, 2021
By James Clauss Alum Jackie Murray (PhD '05), Associate Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky, recently received the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion. The committee that selected her noted in particular her work on race and ethnicity, which is “innovative, timely, and a much needed challenge to the presumptive whiteness of Classics as a scholarly discipline,” and her... Read more
March 1, 2021
by James Clauss W. Royal Stokes received his BA in History at the University of Washington in 1958 and an MA in Classics in 1960. While in Classics he studied with John McDiarmid, Tom Rosenmeyer, Paul Pascal, Robert Lenardon, Bill Grummel and Bill Read, who was at that time also the head of the UW Press. Dr. Stokes went on to receive his PhD at Yale in 1965 upon completion of his dissertation Studies in Homeric Formulas directed by Christopher Dawson and Adam Parry. He taught at the... Read more
December 1, 2020
As always, UW Classics will be well represented at this year’s annual conference of the Society for Classical Studies (this year virtual due to COVID-19). See below for talks and panels by UW graduate students, faculty, and alumni; these can be watched online if you register for the conference. Note: the times listed here are all PST, for the sake of convenience; the... Read more
October 13, 2020
Pauline Ripat (PhD ’03) and Christina Vester (PhD ’04) have just released their second app! Hoi Polloi Logoi (HPL) is the sibling to their first app, Vice Verba. Free on iOS and Play, HPL tests the recognition and creation of ancient Greek verb forms. If players answer 10... Read more
September 16, 2020
by Kathryn Topper The Department of Classics is extremely proud of Dillon Gisch (B.A. 2013, summa cum laude, Classical Studies and Art History) for winning a coveted Arthur Ross/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize! As an undergraduate at UW, Gisch was an outstanding student who won (among other honors) a... Read more
August 7, 2020
by Ruby Blondell The University of Washington Classics Department is proud to announce that our distinguished alumna Yurie Hong has been named one of YWCA Mankato's Women of Distinction for 2020. Professor Hong received her PhD in Classics in 2007, with a dissertation on “Gendered Conceptions: Reproductions of Pregnancy and Childbirth in Greek Literature.” Since then she has been on the... Read more
UW Rome Center
December 18, 2019
As many of our readers will be aware, the University of Washington Rome Center is undergoing some major renovations at the moment.  Students and friends of the Department, past and present, and especially the many wonderful alums of the Department of Classics Rome Programs over the years may be interested in this story just published in the December 2019 University of Washington Magazine.  We are delighted that the article begins with a reminiscence by Rome Program ('03) and departmental alum ... Read more