Amanda Wrigley: Post Doctoral Fellowship
Amanda Wrigley comes to Northwestern from the University of Oxford, where from 2001 to 2009 she was
Researcher at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, a research centre in the
Faculty of Classics. Her research focuses on public engagement with Greek drama—as educational
subject, cultural phenomenon and dramatic entertainment—in Britain in the 20th century:
this encompasses the printed word, non-elite educational institutions, the amateur and semi-professional
stage, and especially BBC Radio. Her doctoral thesis with the Open University is entitled
‘Greek drama and epic poetry on BBC Radio in the 1940s and 1950s’. She has also written a book,
Performing Greek Drama in and out of Oxford (forthcoming with Exeter University Press, 2009).
Justine McConnell (PhD Fellowship, Fall 2009)
Justine McConnell is completing her doctorate on postcolonial responses to the Homeric Odyssey, supervised
by Professor Edith Hall at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research addresses anti-colonial and postcolonial responses
in a variety of media, with a particular interest in the themes of identity, displacement, and homecoming as explored by authors
of ultimately African origins. Reception studies also formed an important part of her work for both her undergraduate degree
in Classics at the University of Cambridge, and her M.Phil. in English Literature at Bristol University.
Daniel Tovar (PhD Fellowship, Winter 2010)
Daniel Tovar is a third year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at Northwestern University.
He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Berkeley in 2006. His primary research interests include the moral and political philosophy
of Plato and especially Aristotle; he is also interested in working on contemporary and moral perfectionism theories informed
by Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. Daniel is additionally concerned with German Idealist aesthetics and their treatment
of Classical sculpture, and recently presented a paper entitled "Herder, Minimalism, and Michael Fried."
Jesse Njus (PhD Fellowship, Spring 2010)
Jesse Njus is a Ph.D. Candidate in Northwestern University's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama.
She is completing her dissertation "Performing the Passion: A Study on the Nature of Medieval Acting," and she presents regularly
at the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo and at the American Society for Theatre Research.
Her article "The Politics of Mysticism: Elisabeth of Spalbeek in Context," the first full historical analysis of Elisabeth, appeared
in Church History 77.2 in June 2008.
Christine Scippa: PhD Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama
Christine Scippa's dissertation research, under the guidance of Renaissance historian Ed Muir, examines the tradition of theatrical performance in Counter Reformation Italian convents. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University and Dartmouth College respectively. She has also performed professionally with regional theatres across the U.S. and enjoys delivering pre-show talks for productions at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Alysse Rich (International Travel Bursary)
Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto
Alysse is a third-year Doctoral student at the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for Study of Drama. The adaptation of Greek tragedy was the major focus of her studies during her Honours Undergraduate work at McGill University and her Masters in Drama at the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Dr. Martin Revermann, she is preparing her dissertation on the adaptation and reception of the Greek tragic chorus since World War II.
Javier Verdejo Manchado: International Travel Bursary
Doctoral Candidate, University of Oviedo, Spain
After his two Bachelor's degrees: History (University of Cantabria, 1997-2002) and Classical Philology (University of Oviedo, 2002-2007), he is working since 2007 on a doctoral thesis on Sophron of Syracuse, under the supervision of
Dr. L. Rodríguez-Noriega Guillén, as a part of a research team currently working on the language of 5th century comedy.
The thesis consists of a study of the fragments of Sophron, including a lexicon and their reception in authors like Theocritus, Herodian, etc. as well as the definition of mimus as a genre in Sophron.
Dustin Dixon: National Travel Bursary
Doctoral Candidate, Boston University
Dustin Dixon is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Classical Studies at Boston University. His primary research interests are mythography and the social context of Athenian tragedy. He received his B.A. in Classics from Northwestern University in 2008.