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Lionel Pearson Fellowship Award Winners

Recent Pearson Fellows

2011-2012, Melissa Anne Huber

  • A.B. Classics, B.S. Mathematics, College of Charleston (2011)

  • M.A., University of Reading, City of Rome (Classics), "Reading Rome in Ovid's Fasti" (2012)

  • Ph.D. candidate, Duke University, Classical Studies. Dissertation in progress:  "Monumentalizing Infrastructure: The City and People of Rome in the time of Claudius"

  • Resident Instructor, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (2017-2018)

2012-2013, Hannah R. Silverblank

  • BA Haverford College, Latin and Comparative Literature (2012)

  • MSt., University of Oxford, Brasenose College, Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature (2013)

  • DPhil, University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall, Classical Languages (2017)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford College (2017-18)

  • During my Pearson Fellowship, I marveled at the Master’s education I received from the faculty based in the APGRD and the Classics faculty at the University of Oxford. My Master’s thesis, entitled ‘The Voice of the Siren and its Reception in Opera’ served as the capstone of my academic experience during my year as the Pearson Fellow, and through this research, I had the pleasure of exploring the mutually illuminating worlds of Greek myth and Western opera. I also wrote two other extended essays on multimedia reception, including ‘Looking Back at Orpheus: Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy as a Queer Re-reading of Ovid’s Metamorphoses’ and ‘Spectral Presences and Absences in Anne Carson’s Antigonick,’ which went on to publication in the 2014 edition of Logeion. Outside of my own research and coursework, I attended and participated in various lectures, seminars, and research networks, including the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation group and the Race and Resistance network. During my Master’s year, I received outstanding teaching, guidance, and supervision from the world-class faculty at Oxford, all of which compelled me to remain at Oxford to pursue my doctorate in Greek poetry. I wrote my doctoral thesis on monsters and the sounds they make in Greek epic, lyric, and tragedy. I'd be happy to speak about my experience in more detail with any aspiring candidates for the Pearson Fellowship, and I can be reached by email at

2013-2014, Erin Lam

  • B.A., U.C. Berkeley, Classical languages (2012) and B.S., U.C. Berkeley, Molecular Environmental Biology (2012)

  • M.Phi, King's College, Cambridge, Classics: "Locating the Elegiac Lover: the Establishment of Identity in Tibullus' Elegies." (2014)

  • M.A., U.C. Berkeley, Classics (2016)

  • Ph.D. Candidate, U.C. Berkeley, Classics

  • My time at Cambridge, which was enabled by the Pearson, has been incredibly formative both personally and academically. The opportunity to experience a scholarly and pedagogical approach that is different to that of American institutions has broadened my own perspective for the better, and I have made some of my closest lifelong friends at King's College.

2014-2015, John Mulhall

  • B.A. in Ancient Greek from The College of William and Mary (2014)

  • Linacre College, Oxford, MSt in Ancient History, working on the project: “Prefacing Imperial Ideology: Leo VI’s and Constantine VII’s Prooimia to Compilation Literature” (2015)

  • Currently Pursuing a PhD in History at Harvard University

  • There is no other way to put it than to say the Pearson changed my life. My intellectual development during the year I spent at Oxford is truly immeasurable. Indeed, many of the friends, mentors, and colleagues that I had the pleasure to met still contribute to my development to this day. No amount of thanks could express the gratitude that I have for the endowment established by Lionel Pearson.

2015-2016, Taylor Barinka

  • BA University of Michigan, Classical Languages and Literature (2015)

  • MSt in Ancient Philosophy, Oxford, Philosophy, "The Sources of Value in Plato's Gorgias" (2016)

  • PhD Student, University of Toronto, Philosophy, Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

  • The Pearson Fellowship made possible the most formative year of my personal and academic life, which I was fortunate to dedicate to the study of Ancient Greek Philosophy at the University of Oxford. As my studies progress, I continually return and respond to the wealth of inspiration I found there, in my instructors, my rich surroundings, and especially my exciting peers.

2016-2017, Elizabeth R. Lavender (née Ridgeway)

  • BA University of Georgia, Greek/Latin/Classical Culture (2016)

  • Corpus Christi College, Oxford, M. St. Greek and/or Roman History, "Lumenque Tuae Praeluceo Vitae: Grandparents as Educators in the Late Antique West"

  • Ph.D. candidate, Yale University, Classics

  • I am hugely grateful to the SCS for making my time at Oxford possible. The Pearson Fellowship gave me the chance to complete a graduate-level research project, observe excellent scholars in action, and learn more about the diversity and vibrancy of our field.

2017-2018, Peggy Xu

  • BA University of Chicago, Classical Studies & Law, Letters, and Society (2017)

  • Trinity College, Cambridge University, M.Phil. Classics

2018-19, Philip Murray Wilson

  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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