CNES Faculty

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Jeffrey A. Becker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Mediterranean archaeology
  • Italo-Roman architecture and urbanism
  • Ancient geography
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Tina Chronopoulos

Associate Professor of Classics and Medieval Studies/Interim Director, Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS)

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Research Interests

  • Greek and Latin Hagiography
  • 11th- and 12th-cent. Medieval Latin literature
  • Reception of Classical Latin Literature in the medieval period

Teaching Interests

  • Medieval Latin Literature
  • Latin language and literature, incl. active use of Latin
  • Hagiography
  • Reception of Greco-Roman Antiquity in the USA
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Omid Ghaemmaghami

Associate Professor - Arabic and NE Studies; Director – Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA)

Classical and Near Eastern Studies; Middle East and North Africa Studies

Research Interests

  • Islamic intellectual history
  • The Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths
  • Shīʿī Islam
  • The Quran and its interpretation
  • Arabic grammar

Teaching Interests

  • Modern standard Arabic
  • Classical Arabic
  • Arabic religious literature
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Gregory Key

Turkish Lecturer

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Turkish Linguistics
  • Theoretical Linguistics (morphosyntax)

Teaching Interests

  • Elementary Turkish
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish
  • Modern Turkish Literature in Translation
  • Turkish Media and Pop Culture
  • Ottoman Turkish


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Andrew Scholtz

Associate Professor/Chair

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • The Passions 一 Especially Desire and Envy 一 in the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • The Social Psychology of Greek Rhetoric
  • Intersections of Ancient Greek & Roman Sexuality, Ideology, Politics and Literature
  • Literary Theory
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John H. Starks

Associate Professor

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman Drama, Especially Comedy
  • Non-Western Ethnicity in the Classical World
  • Greek and Latin Epigraphy
  • Roman Historiography and Classical Biography
  • Latin Rhetoric and Oratory

Teaching Interests

  • Race & Ethnicity in Ancient North Africa
  • The 'Other' in Latin Comedy
  • 'Africans' in Latin History & Epic
  • Greek Historians on Barbarity & 'Medizing' (Persian ethnic observations)
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Mary Youssef

Associate Professor/Undergraduate Director

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Arabic Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • World Literature
  • Arab Women Writings

Teaching Interests

  • Arabic
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