Texas Tech University

Evan Levine

Master's Student of Classics and Geography
'Can't Make a Bad Choice' Among PhD Schools  

Evan Levine, Master's student at Texas Tech, has been accepted into Ph.D. programs at several top universities. Photo illustration by Toni Salama

Written by Toni Salama

Evan Levine arrived on campus three years ago to pursue concurrent master's degrees in Classics and Geography. As he prepared for May graduation, Levine faced an enviable decision: Brown, Berkley, Cincinnati or Yale? Levine's work in Texas Tech's graduate programs in Classics and Geography earned him acceptance to Ph.D. programs at each of those universities.

"It's a good problem to have," Levine said of the choices before him. Coming to Tech allowed the native of Flint, Mich., to conduct research, to teach, and to refine his thinking, he said. "My professors turned me into a very competitive applicant," Levine added, "and it's only through working with them that I have these opportunities."

Specifically, Levine was speaking of David H. J. Larmour, Horn Professor of Classics; Donald Lavigne, Associate Professor of Classics; and Chris Witmore, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Classics, all in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, and Gary Elbow, Professor in the Department of Geography and former Associate Vice Provost. "I worked hard, and they took me under their wing," he said.

Levine's research focus is stone inscriptions from Classical Greece. He studies these inscriptions not as text alone, but as a part of the location where it was inscribed. That makes Levine's fieldwork as attractive as his next university. (Ultimately, he chose to go to Brown.) His research has taken him to northwestern Attica, the Greek province in which Athens is located, and to the Greek Island of Thasos, due east of Thessaloniki in the northern Aegean Sea.


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