Department of Classics

University of Mississippi



L. to r.: Dr. Brad Cook, Dr. Hilary Becker, Dr. John Lobur, Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger, Dr. Jonathan Fenno, and Dr. Aileen Ajootian.

The Department of Classics Faculty: L. to r.: Dr. Brad Cook, Dr. Hilary Becker, Dr. John Lobur, Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger, Dr. Jonathan Fenno, and Dr. Aileen Ajootian.

We’re so glad you’ve come looking for Classics at the University of Mississippi and we hope you remember your experiences here fondly.  The Department has grown and changed enormously in the last 10 years, but even if you don’t know many of us, we’re eager to get to know you!

Please let us know if you’re coming visit Oxford or the University and would like to reconnect with Classics, or if there’s anything else we can do for you.  And please make sure to fill out the contact survey below so we can keep extending our UMiss Classics community!  We’ll post any news you share here.

Support Classics

The Department of Classics strives to give our students an excellent education in all facets of ancient Mediterranean studies.  In addition to our regular courses, we take field trips, invite several speakers to campus each year, support students in study abroad and conference travel, and make numerous other opportunities available throughout the year.  If you’d like to support the Department in its work, please consider a tax deductible donation through the University of Mississippi Foundation.  Just put “Department of Classics” in the “Special Instructions” box.

Alumni News

Sierra Mannie (2015) has accepted a position as reporter covering education at the Jackson Free Press.

Courtney Lindsey Taylor (2015) is a teacher of English and Latin at Winona Christian School.

Kaitlyn Barnes (2014) is attending Emory School of Law, expecting to finish in 2017.  In Summer 2015, she interned with the Mississippi Center for Justice and the appellate division of the DeKalb County Public Defender’s office in Atlanta.

Kathryn Fowler (2014) is working towards her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Missisippi, with a special interest in sports law.

Megan Fowler (2014) is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Florida.

Vinod Kannuthurai (2014) began a  PhD program in Political Science at Texas Tech in Fall 2014.

Stephen Macoy (2014) teaches History and English at Discovery Christian School in Florence, MS.

Charlie Pritchard (2014) began medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Fall 2014.

Gabby Coggin (2013) earned a MA in Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in 2015, doing a mixture of cultural anthropology and archaeology. Her thesis treated the influence of cultural changes and power regimes on religious architecture in Syracuse, Sicily.

Chris Miller (2013) finished an MA in Classics at Columbia in 2015.

Patrick Mooney (2013) began an PhD program in Medieval History at UT Knoxville in Fall 2014.

Doug Odom (2013) will attend the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University starting fall 2015, where he will be working on his Master’s degree in Higher in Education Administration.

Will Mays (2013) is a Juris Doctor candidate for 2016 at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He also seeks his business law certification with an emphasis on intellectual property and entertainment law.

Colby Roberts (2013) is a candidate for Juris Doctor at SMU Dedman School of Law, expecting to finish in 2016.

Vince Stroup (2013) taught Latin and myth to middle school students at the Washington School in Greenville, MS for two years after graduation and currently teaches Latin at Oxford Middle School.

Lauren Fassero (2011) earned an MS in neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and plans to continue to medical school.

Tyler Pittman (2011)  graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2014 and practices law in Tupelo.  He reports: “I’d like you all to know that I consider Latin and Greek as some of the most beneficial instruction I could have received. From English grammar to analytical thought, studying those languages has helped me immensely in law school and practice.”

Bram ten Berge (2009) completed his PhD in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan in 2016 with a dissertation on the relationship between the major and minor work of Tacitus. In 2013-2014, he was a regular member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He has accepted a visiting position at Kalamazoo College for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Douglas Ray (2007) finished majors in Classics and English, and then earned his M.F.A. in creative writing also at The University of Mississippi (2010). Since 2010, he has been on the faculty of Indian Springs School, an independent boarding and day school in Birmingham, Alabama. He teaches Latin, Greek, and senior English electives; serves as Poet-in-Residence and Director of Summer Programs; and lives on campus. He has published two books: He Will Laugh, a collection of poems, and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, both available from Sibling Rivalry Press. He welcomes anyone considering a job teaching in independent schools to contact him at

Kyle Tadlock (2006) majored in Classics and History. He earned an M.A. in History at North Carolina State University in 2012 and is currently at the Ohio State University finishing a PhD in Ancient History, working on the complex relationship between tyrants and mercenaries in Archaic and Classical Sicily. He reports: “I wouldn’t be doing any of this had not fatefully taken Latin as a freshmen with Dr. Ajootian those many years ago.”  He’s happy to talk to current students or alums about pursuing degrees in ancient history in general or at N.C. State or Ohio State:

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