Texas Tech University

Classics Graduate Students


Mell Finefrock

I am a second-year M.A. student and Teaching Assistant. I received my B.A. in Classics at the University of South Florida in May 2020. My research interests include gender and sexuality in antiquity with a focus on the dichotomy of such concepts within the field of ancient sex work. My other interests lie within the perception of sexuality and gender in myth and its modern reception.

Email: Mell.Finefrock@ttu.edu



Katy Gruber

I am a first-year M.A. student on the Classical Archaeology track and a CMLL Teaching Assistant. I received my B.A. in Classical Studies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate at Tulane University of New Orleans, Louisiana, in May 2021. I am currently researching remote sensing techniques for Middle Eastern Archaeology, specifically cultural heritage sites affected by illegal activities. For example, I used the site of Palmyra in Tadmur, Syria, and used image processing techniques to assess damages such as looting and destruction. I am also interested in digital humanities and interdisciplinary research on the environment and politics of ancient Greek settlements.

Email: kagruber@ttu.edu



Chloe Morris

I am a second-year M.A. student and Teaching Assistant on the Archaeology track. I received my B.A. in Classics at Texas Tech and my M.A. in Classical Art and Archaeology from King's College London. My M.A. thesis focused on the localization of the Centauromachy in Greek architectural sculpture. My current research interests include Greek colonization in the Archaic period and the evolution of art and architecture through colonization, as well as mythology in art. My fieldwork experience includes the Libarna Urban Landscapes Project and the Excavations at Argilos.

Email: chloe.e.morris@ttu.edu



Patrick Mullins

I am a first-year MA student and CMLL Teaching Assistant. I graduated from Carleton College in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Classics. My research interests include international diplomacy in the ancient world as well as the intersection of military and economic history. My senior thesis covered these topics through a study of the peace treaty between Rome and Macedon at the end of the Third Macedonian War; a project which I had the opportunity to do some field research for in the summer of 2019. Ancient Macedonian history is also an interest of mine.



Sierra Rasmussen

I am a second-year MA student in the Classics department. I did my BA in Classics (with a minor in Dance) at the University of Washington. My research interests include gender, women, and sexuality in antiquity as well as it's modern reception. For example, I have worked on the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles and how it was represented in media during the increased acceptance of homosexuality in America. I am also interested in digital humanities and have participated in the Homer Multitext project.

Email: sirasmus@ttu.edu



Marisa Stephens

I am a first year M.A. student and Teaching Assistant in the Classics department. I received my B.S. in Kinesiology and my B.A. in Languages and Cultures from Texas Tech University in 2020. In 2019, I had the honor of receiving The Howard and Fotini Perlmutter Scholarship for my paper published with Stanford University's Aisthesis Undergraduate Journal of Classical Studies. My scholarship interests include classical literature and culture, as well as ancient medicine (with a focus on ancient physical therapy techniques). My study abroad experience includes a program sponsored by Princeton University and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, which focused on classical art through sculpture.

Email: Marisa.L.Stephens@ttu.edu

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