All members of the classics department are active scholars and experienced teachers. Among their teaching and research interests are the following: Greek and Roman literature and society; women's issues; Roman history; ancient Egypt; women's issues; classical and modern literature; and philosophy.

Anne Feltovich, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Areas of Expertise: Greek and Roman comedy, Greek and Roman gender and sexuality, and Greek archaeology.
Anne Feltovich received her bachelor's degree in classics from Grinnell College and her Ph.D. in classical philology from the University of Cincinnati. More >>

Feltovich specializes in the study of relationships between women as depicted in Greek and Latin literature. She has taught Ancient Greek and Latin language courses as well as Ancient Greek history and archaeology, and has participated in archaeological excavations in Athens and Corinth. She comes to Hamilton from a visiting position at Grinnell College.

Barbara Gold, Ph.D., The Edward North Professor of Classics

Areas of Expertise: classical literature and social history, feminist theory, and late antiquity and medieval literature.
Barbara Gold, who earned a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989. More >>

Gold’s research interests are Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature, women in antiquity, and feminist theory and classics, and late antique/early Christian literature.  Gold was the first woman editor of The American Journal of Philology, the oldest journal in the U.S.

Gold is editor of The Blackwell Companion to Roman Elegy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), to which she contributed a chapter, “Patronage and the Elegists: Social Reality or Literary Construction?,” and is editor of the forthcoming  Perpetua: a Martyr’s Tale (Oxford University Press, 2012). She is also working on a book on Juvenal’s Roman satires and is the co-editor of Roman Women: Gender, Representation and Reception (forthcoming).  Gold wrote a number of articles that were published or forthcoming in Classical World, Women and Comedy, Eugesta, Encyclopedia of Ancient History and Oxford Readings in Propertius.

She is co-editor with John Donahue of Roman Dining (2006, Johns Hopkins University Press). Her other books include Vile Bodies: Roman Satire and Corporeal Discourse; Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts: The Latin Tradition; Literary Patronage in Greece and Rome; and Literary and Artistic Patronage in Ancient Rome.

Gold is the humanities coordinator at Hamilton and runs the Humanities Forum Lecture series. She is also on the National Faculty Advisory Committee for a multi-year assessment grant funded by the Teagle Foundation focusing on the fields of classics and political science.

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Shelley Haley, Ph.D., Professor of Classics and Africana Studies

Areas of Expertise: ancient Africa including ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, Latin pedagogy, Classica Africana, Roman social history focusing on constructs of race, gender, and sexuality; black feminist thought; and critical race feminism and African American women's intellectual history.
A member of the Hamilton faculty since 1989, Haley earned a Ph.D. in classical studies from the University of Michigan. She served a four-year term as chief reader for the AP Latin Exam. As of July 1, she was appointed as the chair of the AP Latin Exam Development Committee. More >>

An expert on Cleopatra, she has appeared on the BBC's TimeWatch segment on Cleopatra, and was interviewed for The Learning Channel's series, "Rome: Power & Glory." Haley was a contributor to the African American Women Writers Series, 1910-1940 (1995) and has published articles in classical journals such as Historia, Classical World and Classica et Mediaevalia.

Haley was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Washington University-St. Louis in 2002, and participated in the Oxford Round Table in 2003. She spent a month in South Africa in 1999, where she lectured on the classics as a foreign research fellow.

Haley has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of increasing the representation of students of color in Latin, ancient Greek and classics classrooms. She has also lectured nationally and internationally on her research concerning the role of a classical education in the lives and careers of 19th century college-educated Black women. She published a chapter titled, "Lucian's 'Leaena and Clonarium'" Voyeurism or a Challenge to Assumptions?" in Nancy S. Rabinowitz and Lisa Auanger (eds.), Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World, Austin, TX: University of Texas  Press (2002).

Carl Rubino, Ph.D., Winslow Professor of Classics

Areas of Expertise: Greek and Roman literature, philosophy and culture; film and the classics; science and the humanities – specifically evolution and ethics, emergence and complexity theory.
Carl A. Rubino, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989, received his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. More >>

Rubino has published and lectured on ancient Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature and literary theory. A long-time collaborator of the Nobel Laureate physicist Ilya Prigogine, he is also known for his work on the connections between science and the humanities, where he has focused on complexity theory, the problem of time, and the impact of the theory of evolution upon ethics. At Hamilton he has been the originator of College 100, “The Unity of Knowledge,” a cross-disciplinary seminar for entering students.

His recent publications include “Long Ago, But Not So Far Away: Another Look at Star Wars and the Ancient World,” (The Classical Outlook, 2011), “It Was Their Destiny: Roman Power and Imperial Self-Esteem” (Amphora, 2007), and “The Consolations of Uncertainty: Time, Change, and Complexity” (in Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South, 2007). A paperback version of his 2008 co-edited book Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes appeared in 2010.

Rubino has served as president of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. He has appeared on CNBC in a discussion of the rationale for keeping Alexander Hamilton's portrait on the $10 bill, on C-SPAN in a reenactment of the 1804 Hamilton-Burr duel, and on the History Channel in a Lucasfilm documentary “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” where he discussed the films’ roots in mythology. Rubino also directs a Hamilton lecture series at The Other Side, a community center in Utica.

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Jesse Weiner, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Jesse Weiner previously taught classics at Illinois Wesleyan University, California State University Long Beach, and the University of California, Irvine, where he earned his Ph.D. More >>

Weiner has worked as a Latin consultant for Hollywood films and as a scholar with the Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program. His research and teaching interests encompass Greek and Latin epic poetry, drama and especially the many ways in which classical antiquity continues to inform modernity.