Department of Classics at UC Berkeley

2020 Intensive Greek Workshop

Greek Vase

Director: Christopher Jelen (

Christopher Jelen is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in the Classics department. He has taught a number of Latin courses at both the high school and college level. He was also an instructor for Part 1 of the Greek workshop in 2018 and the director in 2019. He is currently working on a dissertation about readers and misreaders in Greek and Roman New Comedy.

The director presents new material in the afternoon sessions during the first six weeks and teaches one prose and one poetry elective in the last four weeks. He is available for office hours each afternoon and is the person to contact with any questions or concerns.

Part 1 Instructor: Joanna Oh

Joanna Oh is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate in the Classics department at UC Berkeley. In addition to acting as graduate student instructor for courses such as The Classic Myths and Introduction to Roman Civilization, she has taught Greek and Latin at both the university and high school level. In her current research, she hopes to explore the relationship between text and image in Hellenistic epigrams.

Part 1 Instructor: Jonas Sese

Jonas Sese is a 3rd-year PhD student in the Classics department at UC Berkeley. He has taught introductory Latin at UC Berkeley and has privately taught and tutored elementary Greek. He plans to write a dissertation on the Greek philosopher Empedocles within his literary and philosophical context.

Part 2 Instructor: David Youd

David Youd is a Ph.D. student in Classics and Critical Theory. He has taught beginning Latin and the Part 1 of the Greek workshop (2019). He is currently writing on politics and aesthetics in Greek Lyric, Greek and Roman comedy, and Tacitus.