MEAMS Faculty

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Tina Chronopoulos

Associate Professor; Fellow, CEMERS

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies; 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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Carina de Klerk

Adjunct Lecturer

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Research Interests

  • Greek Literature
  • Classical drama and its performance and later reception
  • Cicero's letters
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Omid Ghaemmaghami

Associate Professor - Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean 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

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean 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

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean 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

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman Comedy (theater history, performance, gender)Non-"Western" Ethnicity around the Ancient Mediterranean, esp. Africa and the Levant
  • Hellenistic and Roman Social History
  • Greek and Latin Epigraphy
  • Roman Historiography (including Greek historians of Rome) and Classical Biography

Teaching Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity in Ancient North Africa
  • Satire from Rome to Colbert
  • Ancient Comedy in Performance
  • The "Other" in Latin Comedy
  • Women in the Roman World
  • Celtic and "Germanic" Ethnicity in Latin Historians
  • Greek and Roman Biography
  • All levels of Latin and Ancient Greek
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Mary Youssef

Associate Professor; TRIP Courtesy Title

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies; Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)

Research Interests

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

Teaching Interests

  • Arabic
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