Texas Tech University

Classics Graduate Students


Noel Bartniski

Noel Bartniski

I am a first year MA Student in the Classics department. I graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in History and a minor in Classics. I spent the beginning of my college career studying music performance, and still often perform. This past summer (2022) I attended the Latin/Greek Institute at CUNY, studying ancient Greek. I was honored to receive the Lioned A. Jirgensons Latin Scholarship from Texas Tech in the fall of 2021, and the Floyd L. Moreland Scholarship from the Latin/Greek Institute. I am primarily interested in the late-Republic and early Empire Period in Rome, and focus on the writings and political tensions of the time period. I enjoy gathering historical context and evidence from studying poetry that was written during that era. I also enjoy looking at the intertextuality of writings, for example the parallels between the beginning lines of Horace's Ode I.XXXVII and Alkaios Frag 332. I am an active member of the CMLL Ambassadors, and the Classical Society. Julius Caesar is my best friend.

Email: Noel.Bartniski@ttu.edu



Tarynn Callier

I am a first-year M.A. student and Teaching Assistant in the Classics department. In the spring of 2022 I received my Bachelors degree in Anthropology with minors in Archaeological Practice and American Indian Studies from the Universy of Texas at San Antonio. My current research interests include Roman burials and religion, zooarchaeology, and race and gender relations in antiquity. I recently completed a field season in Sardinia working on the Sinis Archaeology Project, which I also plan to attend next summer."

Email: kagruber@ttu.edu


Nicholas Caraballo

Nicholas Caraballo

I am a first-year M.A. student and Teaching Assistant. I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2021 with a B.A. in Computer Science and Italian Studies. The following academic year, I enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania's Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies. My research interests include Roman poetry of the Late Republic and Early Empire, Greek epic, and early Christian philosophy.

Email: ncarabal@ttu.edu


Cayle Diefenback

Cayle Diefenbach

I am a first-year M.A. student on the Classical Archaeology track and a teaching assistant in the CMLL department. I received my B.A. in Classics from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in June 2022. I have worked on the Archaic-Classical archaeological site of Argilos on the Thracian coast of northern Greece for the last two summers and have travelled all over southern Greece and Italy. My research interests include the Hellenistic Far-East (Seleukid, Graeco-Bactria, Indo-Greek), Numismatics, Black-glazed Ceramics, and intercultural contact at the edges of the ancient world. I also enjoy ancient theater and poetry!

Email: cdiefenb@ttu.edu



Katy Gruber

I am a second-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 from Tulane University in May 2021. My M.A. thesis focuses on GIS applications for Mycenean settlements in the Peloponnese. Additionally, I am researching Nike in public spaces and the ideological underpinnings of war and memory. I received a full scholarship from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens to attend their Summer Session 2022. Led by prominent scholars in the field, I traveled throughout Greece for 6 weeks this summer visiting major archaeological sites and museums and presenting my ongoing research.

Email: kagruber@ttu.edu



Elisabeth Kimson

I am a 1st year MA student and Teaching Assisstant. I received my B.A. in Classical Civilization and Anthropology from Ohio University in May 2020. After graduation, I taught Latin at the secondary level. My research interests include Greek and Roman religion, early Christianity, and Greek drama. 




Patrick Mullins

I am a second-year MA student and CMLL Teaching Assistant. I graduated from Carleton College in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Classics. My research interests include Roman history during the Middle and Late Republic, international diplomacy in the ancient world, and 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. 

Email: pamullin@ttu.edu


Marisa Stephens

Marisa Stephens

I am a second 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. I am currently the editorial assistant for the journal Helios, which is housed here at TTU. My scholarship interests include classical literature and culture, as well as ancient medicine (with a focus on ancient physical therapy techniques and pharmacology). 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

Not pictured above:   Kelsey Kistner, Alexander Maltby, Adam Watkins

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