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Molly A., Ph.D.
Columbia University

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  • Latin
  • Greek
  • Linguistics/Philology
  • Basic Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Biology (up through high school level)
  • Chemistry (up through high school level)
  • AP Latin
  • SAT Latin
  • English Grammar
  • Essay Writing
  • Classical Literature
  • World History
  • Ancient History
  • Classical History
  • Ancient Geography
  • Modern Geography
  • Classical Civilization
  • Egyptian Civilization
  • Near Eastern Civilization
  • World Mythology
  • Classical Mythology
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Classical Art History
  • World Art History
  • American Architectural History

education icon Education

BA, Classical Languages, UC Berkeley, 2005 (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
Postgraduate Diploma, Classics, University of Otago, 2008, with distinction
MA, Classical Studies, Columbia, 2011
MPhil, Classical Studies, Columbia, 2013
PhD, Classical Studies, Columbia, 2017

years worked as teacher icon Years Worked As Teacher/Tutor

9 years

target students icon Target Students

All ages

short biography icon Short Biography

I began my undergraduate studies in biology at UC Berkeley and took Latin out of interest and some sense that it might be useful for understanding scientific nomenclature. It was only a short time into my first semester that I realized that I could turn my interest in language and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world into a career. I studied Latin, Greek and Mediterranean art and archaeology, and in 2005 I graduated with a degree in Classical Languages. After spending a few years working and traveling, I decided it was time to continue my study of Classics and I was accepted to do graduate work at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. There I continued to study Greek and Latin and wrote a thesis on the myth of Europa and her origin as a Phoenician princess. I looked for Near Eastern precedents for young princesses being seduced by divine bulls and how her appearance (along with that of her brother Kadmos) may relate to the relationship between the Greeks and Phoenicians and their adoption of the latter’s alphabet. I had an opportunity to teach a few sections of Bronze Age history and Greek myth and found that I really enjoyed teaching.

In the fall of 2009 I began a PhD program at Columbia University and received my MA (2010), MPhil (2012) and PhD (2017) in Classical Studies. My primary area of research is Greek art and literature and my dissertation ("Portraits of Grief: Death, Sorrow and the Depiction of Mourning on White-Ground Lekythoi") focused on the depiction of mourning in 5th-century Athens. While studying at Columbia I have taught (and assisted in teaching) a number of courses in Latin, Greek, ancient art, ancient history and art history more broadly. I have been tutoring Latin in Manhattan for the past four years. I am currently an adjunct professor of art history in New York and New Jersey and enjoy the opportunity to teach a variety of students of different ages and interests in a city that offers such a plethora of educational resources. I am happy to be able to continue teaching Classical languages as a tutor and online educator at Carmenta.

noteworthy accomplishments icon Noteworthy Accomplishments

I have always enjoyed balancing academia and athletics. I graduated magna cum laude, phi beta kappa with a BA in Classical Languages from UC Berkeley. At the University of Otago my thesis passed with distinction as did my doctoral dissertation at Columbia University. I have been the recipient of the Riggs Fellowship at Columbia University (which helped to fund my work there) and I also received a short-term research grant from the DAAD. I was able to use this grant to work at the University of Tübingen, where I had been invited to teach a course on mourning imagery on white-ground lekythoi in the fall of 2015. Growing up I swam year round and was a fairly active hiker and runner. I ran my first marathon in 2013 and I am currently training to run the NYC Marathon this November.

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Via phone or email