Staff Information

Director: Christopher Jelen (

Christopher Jelen is a 6th-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 an instructor for Part 1 of the Greek workshop in 2018 and the director in 2019. He also directed the workshop in its remote format in 2020. He is currently working on a dissertation about readers and misreaders in Greek and Roman New Comedy.

The director presents new material in the asynchronous grammar lectures during the first six weeks and leads the reinforcement sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He also 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 Instructors:

Talia Prussin

Talia Prussin is an 8th-year Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Group for Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. She has previously taught Greek at the college level at Berkeley. Talia is finishing a dissertation on the economics of empire and land usage in the first millennium BCE.

David Youd

David Youd is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Classics and Critical Theory. He writes on psychoanalysis, queer theory, and the Frankfurt school of critical theory in both Greek and Latin literature.