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Jerise Fogel

Adjunct, Classics and General Humanities

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Dr. Jerise Fogel has held the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Classics & General Humanities Department since 2006. She has also had the privilege of teaching in the Montclair Honors Program.

She received her formative training in Latin and Greek under Justina Gregory, Andrew Ford, George Dimock, John Kirby, and Charles Henderson as an undergraduate at Smith College (in Northampton, MA; A.B. ’86), and was extremely fortunate in being able to study abroad at Somerville College, Oxford, for one year under Nan Dunbar and Miriam Griffin. She received her M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literatures from Columbia University in New York City (’94; dissertation dir. by James Zetzel: Cicero and the ‘Ancestral Constitution’: A study of Cicero’s contio speeches). She has taught Greek and Latin language as well as ancient Mediterranean civilization and history at all levels, from undergraduate to graduate, at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994-97), Gettysburg College (1997-98), Michigan State University (1998-99), Creighton University (in Omaha; 1999-2000), Columbia University (2000-2002), and Marshall University (in Huntington, WV; 2002-2006). She has had the pleasure of working closely as Thesis Advisor with Ph.D. students in Classics at several institutions.

Her published articles include “Can Girls Be Friends?: Talking about Gender in Cicero’s De Amicitia” (Classical World 103.1 [Fall 2009] 77-87), “The Descent of Style in Cicero’s Brutus” (Scholia 16 [2007] 1-23), and “Cosmopolitanism and the Colonizing Imagination in Ancient Rome” (Intertexts 2003 [7] 190f.), among others.

She has been the recipient of several scholarships and grants, including a Mellon Fellowship, a DAAD (for study in Göttingen, Germany, for a year), and together with Judith Deitch (Univ. of Toronto), a grant from the Canadian “Learneds” to support their co-organized conference, “African American Rhetoric: Tradition and Innovation,” Lennoxville, Québec, 4-5 June 1999.

At Montclair State University, she has taught courses on Greek and Roman Civilization (social history), Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Classical World, Troy and the Trojan War, Ancient Homosexuality, Greek Theater, and Latin.


Her research and teaching interests range across several subdisciplines. Her chief areas of research have been Greek and Roman rhetoric and public oratory, late Republican history, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, LGBTQ studies, and ancient Greek theatrical production. She also loves thinking and teaching about Latin prose, and has taught and published on the subject of Latin prose composition (“Toward Beauty and Joy in Latin Prose Composition,” The Classical World 96.1 [2002]). Her current passion is Greek theater production, and she has produced and directed two Greek plays in the Montclair Amphitheater in the past two years, Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Bacchae, with emphasis on choral song and dance.


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