Our Faculty

Jennifer L Ferriss-Hill

Assoc. Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


(305) 284-4036
Jennifer Ferriss-Hill received her A.B. in Classics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University (2002) and her Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University (2008). She joined the University of Miami in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Classics, and since 2015 has been an Associate Professor of...

Richard Hutchins

Visiting Asst. Professor


Richard Hutchins received his PhD in Classics and Classical Philosophy from Princeton University in 2019. His research focuses on Ancient Greek and Roman ideas about plants, animals, and the human place in nature. He is particularly interested in ecological thought in Latin Literature (Lucretius, Ovid, Seneca, Pliny) and in archaic Greek thought...

John T. Kirby



(305) 284-6326

Mark McClay

Visiting Asst. Professor


John Paul Russo



(786) 200-0803

Wilson H Shearin

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-5404
Wilson Shearin joined the University of Miami faculty from Stanford in 2010. His research focuses above all on the intersection of philosophy and literature in antiquity, particularly in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Favorite ancient authors include Empedocles, Plato, Lucretius, Persius, and Seneca, but his work ranges also into reception,...

James Townshend

Visiting Asst. Professor


James Townshend received his PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University in 2018. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, with a BA in Latin and Classical Studies, a LLB (Hons) in Public Law, and an MA (Hons) with first class honours in Latin. His research and teaching interests reflect this dual training...

Han Tran

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-6326
Han Tran received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. She taught at UC Berkeley, The Ohio State University, and the University of Oregon before joining the faculty at the University of Miami. Her research interests center on the language of iconography, the reception of classical myth in the art of all...