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Classical Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Program Director

Florence Gillman

Florence Gillman, PhD, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4051

Office: Maher Hall 254

Office Hours: MW: 11:15am-12:15pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm, and by appointment.

Florence M. Gillman, PhD, has been a member of USD’s faculty since 1986. She  previously also served as chair of the department of Theology and Religious Studies and as Coordinator of the Ppogram in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Gillman teaches the courses entitled Introduction to Biblical Studies, Pauline Theology, The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the World of the Bible. Her research interests include the New Testament world, women in the Pauline churches and the history of earliest Christianity.

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Ryan  Abrecht

Ryan Abrecht, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: KIPJ 289

Ryan R. Abrecht, PhD, joined the department in fall 2015. A specialist in ancient Mediterranean history and culture, he teaches a range of undergraduate courses in ancient history, including The Ancient World, Greek Civilization, Roman Civilization, Late Antiquity, and Ancient History through Modern Fiction. His research focuses on social and religious history, immigration and urban life, and cross-cultural interactions in borderland regions. He is also broadly interested in premodern world history, in particular in the comparative study of ancient Roman and Chinese imperialism.

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John Fendrick

John Fendrick, PhD

Director of Classical Languages
Adj. Asst. Prof., Latin and Greek

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: M/W/F 8:00-9:00

John W. Fendrick, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1992. He teaches undergraduate courses in classical Greek, Latin, Spanish, and German. He also serves as director of the Classical Languages Program on campus and is the on-site coordinator of University Ministry for the Guadalajara Study Abroad Program.

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Jerome Hall, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology
(619) 260-7865

Office: Serra Hall 218

Office Hours: MW: 11:30am-2:15pm,1:30pm-4:00pm

Before coming to USD, Jerome Hall, PhD, was the underwater archaeologist for Puerto Rico and president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.  His current research projects include the excavation of a 17th-century northern European merchant shipwreck off the north coast of the Dominican Republic, as well as the documentation and publication of a 1st-century boat recovered from the Sea of Galilee.

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Joseph McGowan

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4113

Office: Founders Hall 172B

Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:15pm; F 1:00-3:00pm; and by appointment

Areas of interest: late classical and medieval; history of the English language; textual criticism and historical linguistics.  Recent publications include A History of the English Language (Oxford: Blackwell, 2015) and Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts Housed in Switzerland (Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 2012), and articles in Notes & Queries, Journal of English & Germanic Philology, Mediaevistik, Studia Neophilologica, and The Chaucer Review.

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Santiago Rubio-Fernaz

Santiago Rubio-Fernaz, PhD

Director of Placement
Adj. Asst. Prof., Latin and Greek
(619) 260-2776

Office: Founders 144-C

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: M/W/F,1:30-2:30 & 3:30-4:15

Santiago Rubio-Fernaz has been a member of the faculty since 1998. He is a lecturer in Classics and also currently serves as Director of Placement for the Department of Languages and Literatures. In the Languages Department, Professor Rubio-Fernaz offers undergraduate courses on Latin and Greek and occasionally on Spanish. His research focus is Roman and Greek poetry, with special interests in Greek epic poetry of the Hellenistic Age and Roman lyric poetry of the Classical Period.

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Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-2968

Office: Founders Hall 166B

Michael F. Wagner, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1980.  His administrative appointments have included chair of the Philosophy Department (1988-1998) and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities major (1987-1993, 2001-2007).  His research interests include several topic areas in Ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, in the classical Neoplatonic tradition, in the philosophy of time and science, and in Platonistic conceptions of eros and their cultural influences.

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