Meet Our Students and Alumni

Classics students in Sperlonga

Classics students and faculty visit Sperlonga, Italy

Introducing Our College Ambassadors

Meet Ashley and Kenneth, the Department of Classics undergraduate Ambassadors for the College of Arts and Sciences. College Ambassadors are student volunteers who have been nominated by faculty and staff after demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and community engagement. 

Ashley Cohen
Ashley Cohen

What do you like best about the Department of Classics?
What I like best about Classics is that it is small so you really get a chance to connect with professors and other students, forming relationships/connections that are difficult to make in a larger department. 

Kenneth Starr
Kenneth Starr

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My biggest point of advice for new students, especially commuters like me, is that they should reach out to any and all clubs they might be interested in joining. You don't have to be devoted to a particular club to meet new people and have fun. Sometimes blowing off steam playing Fallout 4 with the people in SARPA, or learning the Lindy Hop with the Swing Dance Club, can make a world of difference. Your time studying at UB does not have to be all work and no play!

Alumni Testimonials

A heartfelt thank you to these amazing alums for sharing their stories with us!

Joey Williams
Joey Williams, PhD '14

My time as a PhD student in the Department of Classics saw me teaching a variety of courses at UB, serving as a doctoral fellow at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, and directing my own excavations in Portugal. While finishing my dissertation I have been teaching classics and Latin at Basis Tucson North, ranked among the top schools both nationally and internationally. The ample opportunities for teaching offered to me as a graduate student have been quite helpful in my current job. When I’m not teaching, I split my time between directing my ongoing field projects in Portugal, revising my dissertation for publication, and playing with my dog. I miss my time as a graduate student in the department, but I’m looking forward to wherever a career in classics takes me next. Update: I just started as a Lecturer in the Department of Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma (2016).