Awards & Job Placement

Curious about employment for USC Ph.D.s? Here are some recent grads with their academic life histories. Feel free to e-mail for more Tales of L.A.:

Joseph O'Neill
B.A. Monmouth College 2001, M.A. University of Illinois 2004, USC Ph.D. 2015
American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2005
Assistant Professor, Honors College, Arizona State University, 2015-present

Hamish Cameron
B.A. University of Canterbury 2002, Ph.D. USC 2014
Lecturer, Department of History, USC, 2014-2015
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University, 2014-2015
Research Assistant, Getty Scholars Program, 2014-2015
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ancient History, University of Cincinnait, 2015-present

Nicole Giannella
B.A. Vassar College 2006, Ph.D. USC 2014
Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Associate, Classics Department, Cornell University, 2014-present

Jason Harris 
B.A. Pennsylvania State University, M.St. University of Oxford, Ph.D. USC 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2014-present

Thomas Cirillo
B.A. Kenyon College 2006, Ph.D. USC 2012
Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Fellow
Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of Southern California, 2013-2015
Instructor, Foreign Languages Department, Montgomery-Bell Academy, Nashville, Tennessee, 2015-present

Joanna (Jody) Valentine
B.A. The Evergreen State College 1998, B.A. University of Washington 2003, Ph.D. USC 2011
Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of Southern California, 2012-2014
Lecturer in Classics and Gender Studies, Pomona College, from 2014-present

Richard Ellis
B.A. King's College, Cambridge University 2001, Ph.D. USC 2011
Visiting Lecturer, UCLA 2014-present

Matthew Taylor
B.A. Cambridge 2002, Ph.D. USC 2012
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Classics and Writing, Beloit College, 2012-present

Liesl Walsh
B.A. Oberlin College 2003, Ph.D. USC 2011
Assistant Professor of Classics, Beloit College, 2011-present

Lucas Herchenroeder
B.A. Loyola University Maryland 1997, M.A. University of Maryland, College Park 2003, Ph.D. USC 2010 
Dornsife Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Southern California, 2010-2012 
Junior Research Fellow, Durham University, 2012-14
Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of Southern California, 2014-2016

Sarah Blake
B.A. University of Toronto

Ph.D. USC 2008

Visiting Instructor, Wellesley College, 2007-2008

Assistant to Associate Professor, York University, 2008- present

Sandra Blakely
B.A. Brigham Young University 1982, Ph.D. USC 1998
Assistant Professor, Emory University, 1999-2005
Associate Professor and Winship Distinguished Associate Research Professor, 2005-present

E. Del Chrol

Ph.D. USC 2006

Chair of Classics and Gender Studies, Assistant to Associate Professor, Marshall University, 2006-present

Karen Dang
Senior Lecturer, Department of Greek and Latin, Ohio State University

Therese De Vet
B.A. USC 1981 (anthropology; linguistics),M.A. USC 1983 (English), Ph.D. USC 1997
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, 1998-present

Jessica Dietrich
B.A. Swarthmore 1990, Ph.D. USC 1997
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hamilton College, 1996-98
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, 1998-2002
Lecturer, University of Tasmania, 2002-2009
Lecturer, Australian National University, 2009-2012

Rhiannon Evans
B.A., M.A. University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1991, 1992; Ph.D. USC 1999
Associate Lecturer, University of Tasmania, 1999-2003
Lecturer in Classics, University of Melbourne, 2003-2012
Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University of Melbourne, 2012-present

Trevor Fear
B.A. (hons.) Bristol University 1987; M.Litt. Durham University 1991; Ph.D. USC 1999
Visiting Instructor, SUNY Buffalo, 1997-98
Visiting Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, 1998-99
Visiting Assistant Professor, UCLA, 1999-2002
Lecturer, Open University, 2003-present

Catherine (Feeley) Tracy

Ph.D. USC 2006

Chair of Classical Studies, Assistant to Associate Professor, Bishop's University, 2006-present

David Fredrick
B.A. University of Kansas 1982, M.A. University of Kansas 1984,  Ph.D. USC 1992
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, 1990-91
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas, 1991-present

Phillip Sidney Horky
B.A. University of Michigan 2000, A.M. University of Chicago 2002,  Ph.D. USC 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Introduction to the Humanities Program
Stanford University
Fellow at Center for Hellenic Studies, 2010-2011
Lecturer, University of Durham, 2011-present

Patricia Johnson
B.A., M.A. Cornell University 1977, 1979, Ph.D. USC 1990
Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross, 1990-96
Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Boston University, 1996-present

Marie Marianetti 
B.A., M.A. (anthropology) California State University 1981, 1982, Ph.D. USC 1990
Visiting Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary (Classics), 1990-93
Associate Professor, CUNY Lehman (History), 1993-present

Mark Masterson
B.A. Stanford University 1982, M.A.T. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1987, Ph.D. USC 2001
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 2001-02
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hamilton College, 2002-05
Chair of Classics, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), 2005-present

Siobhan McElduff
Ph.D. USC 2003
Teacher, Harvard-Westlake School;  and Lecturer, UCLA Extension

Assistant to Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, 2007-present

Kristina Meinking
Visiting Lecturer, Scriptts College, 2009
Assistant Professor, Elon University, 2010-present

Peter O'Neill
B.A., M.Phil. (ancient history), Jesus College, Oxford, 1993, 1995, Ph.D. USC 2001
Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, 2001-2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, American Academy in Rome, 2002
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Exeter, 2003-2009
Senior Writing Consultant, Metropolitan University, London, 2009-2012
Research Coordinator, King’s College, London, 2012-present

Rosa Cornford Parent
B.A., M.A. (Hons.) University of Auckland, 1989, Ph.D. USC 1999
Research staff, TLG Project, UC Irvine, 1999-2000

Diane Pintabone
B.A. Boston College 1987, M.A. University of Colorado 1990, Ph.D. USC 1998
Lecturer, California State University at Long Beach, 1998-2000
Lecturer, Scripps College, 1999
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of Southern California, 2000-2001
Teacher, Westridge School, 2001-2002

Philip Purchase
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis, 2006-present

Eleanor Rust
B.A. Indiana University, 1999, Ph.D. USC 2009
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, American Academy in Rome  
Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2009-2010
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, 2010

Chiara Sulprizio
B.A. University of Washington, Ph.D. USC 2007
Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of Southern California, 2007-2008
Lecturer, Hamilton College, 2008-2009
Research Scholar, UCLA, 2009-2010
Lecturer, Loyola-Marymount University, 2010-2014

Joseph Smith
B.A. University of Rochester (English) 1983; M.A. University of California at Berkeley (Greek) 1986; Ph.D. USC 1997
Visiting Assistant Professor, San Diego State University, 1997-1999
Associate Professor, San Diego State University, 1999-present

Alex Watts-Tobin 
B.A. Durham University 1991; Ph.D. USC 2000 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Temple University, 2000-2004
Teaching Fellow, Introduction to Humanities Department, Stanford University, 2004 – 2007
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer/Archaeologist, Karuk Tribe, Department of Natural Resources, Orleans, CA, 2015-present

Daniella Widdows
B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., USC 2006
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Loyola College in Maryland, 2006-2007

Assistant Professor, Hampden-Sydney College, 2007-present

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