Texas Tech University

Classics Graduate Students


Jacob Bowe

I am a first-year MA Student and CMLL Teaching Assistant. I graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor's in Classics and have previously taught Latin to middle and high school students in Savannah, GA and Bloomington, IN. . My research interests include late Republican and early Imperial Latin poetry, the classical tradition, the formation of the artes liberales, and Latin pedagogy. When not studying ancient languages, I cultivate my abiding interests in Japanese automobiles of the 1990s and the novels of Cormac McCarthy.

Email: jacob.bowe@ttu.edu


Yesenia Brambila

I am currently a second-year MA student and a TA within the department. I received my undergraduate degree in Classics with a minor in Art History from New York University in May of 2018. My senior honors thesis focused on the presence of Athenian allies at the City Dionysia. My current research interests primarily lie in the cultural history of Ancient Greek festivals, religion, and performance, although I also have a burgeoning interest in epigraphy and grave monuments.

Research interests: Ancient Greek festivals and religion, performance, and epigraphy.

Email: yesenia.brambila@ttu.edu


Lawrence Chamunorwa

I am currently a graduate student and a teaching assistant in the department of Classics and Modern Languages & Literatures(CMLL). I previously earned my education in the Classics from the University of Zimbabwe.

I have a passion for research in classical philosophy and its interface with modern philosophy; Greco-Roman mythology; and material culture. Notwithstanding, I am also interested in researching on the intersection of Greek philosophical thought and the literary tradition. I also have a wider interest in as far as Africa's reception of classical culture is concerned.

Email: lawrence.chamunorwa@ttu.edu


Alex Claman

I am a second-year on the Classical Archaeology track. I majored in Classical Studies and double-minored in Archaeology and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Carleton College. My research interests include the intersection of archaeological theory and methodology, with a particular focus on landscape forms, as well as conceptions of empire and ancient Mediterranean influences on speculative fiction. My fieldwork experience includes archaeological survey as a member of the Sinis Archaeological Project in Italy and the Small Cycladic Islands Project in Greece.

Email: alex.claman@ttu.edu


Jenna Glassburner

I am a first year MA student and TA for the Classics department. I earned my undergraduate degree in English and Classics with a minor in Anthropology from Augustana University in May 2019. My senior thesis examined reception of Greek paideia by the Romans and early Catholic Church and how such education impacted the content and approach of dramatists in the English Reformation under the Tudors and Stuarts. My current interests include literary reception, Roman cults centered around mortal figures, and the Roman legal system.

Email: jenna.glassburner@ttu.edu


Maurice S. Gonzales, Jr.

Second-year MA student and graduate Latin instructor in the department. I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with honors, receiving my BA in Classical Studies. I work primarily with Juvenal and other satirists and ancient gender and sexuality, but in my time here I've found that I have a keen interest in reception and monster studies as well.

Email: maurice.gonzales@ttu.edu


Sherry Huang

I graduated from Fudan University in 2016 with a BA in History. During the past two years, I attended the Post-Bacc program in Classics at University of Pennsylvania. My research interests include Greek historiography, literary theory and Classical texts, comparative study of ancient Mediterranean and ancient East Asia.

Email: sherry.huang@ttu.edu


Chloe Lowetz

I am a first year M.A. student and Teaching Assistant. I received my B.A. from Texas Tech in May 2019 in Languages and Cultures (Classics) with a minor in Anthropology, highest honors. My honors thesis explored Homeric episodes and themes in the Columbus journal and Vespucci letters, as well as the use of classical “othering” to establish a dichotomy between Europeans and indigenous Americans.

I currently research exploration, colonization, and conquest, mainly through reception studies; however, I am also broadly interested in historiography and historical myth.

Email: chloe.lowetz@ttu.edu


Brandon Poppell

I am a first year MA student, having graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a major in History and minors in Anthropology and Museum Studies. My main research interest is Ptolemaic Egypt, with special attention to how fusion of religion was used as a way to negotiate difference between the Greek and Egyptian citizens. I am focused on archaeology and have extensive experience both in the United States and abroad, having worked at a Greco-Roman site called Tell Timai in the Nile Delta.

Email: brandon.j.poppell@ttu.edu

Not pictured above:

  • First-year MA Students: Bryce Gassner, Daniel Hunter, Drew Lytle, Emma Schneider, Mason Schrader, Rhett Underwood
  • Second-year MA Students: Jessi Mellenthin

Classical Language & Literature Studies

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