Debbie S.


Debbie is a PhD candidate in Classical Studies at Columbia University. Having had a passion for learning languages and histories at an early age, Debbie previously studied Classics at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she earned a BA in Classics, was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, and received one of the college’s prizes in Ancient Greek, Italian, and Peace and Conflict Studies for her research on the role of ancient Rome in Italian Fascism.  Presently, she is especially interested in uncovering more about the experiences of the real people who lived under Roman rule. Since the vast majority of the Roman empire’s inhabitants would have worked in the countryside on farms and estates, her current work focuses on rural communities, their cultures, and their experiences. 

Prior to starting her PhD, Debbie worked as a high school Latin teacher in Philadelphia. At Columbia, she has taught her own courses in Latin and Ancient History, as well as TA’ed for courses in Roman, Greek, and Egyptian History, and Roman Art and Architecture. Debbie strives to teach each of her students according to their own individual learning styles and needs. Her topics of expertise include all things ancient, but especially Latin and Greek language, as well as ancient history, art, and mythology. Debbie is also keen to assist students in their academic writing and in conducting historical research, as she herself has written on a wide range of topics.

In her spare time, Debbie enjoys running in Central Park and exploring the city’s amazing and ever-changing food scene!


Education & Qualifications
  • Columbia University, PhD Candidate in Classical Studies
  • Columbia University, MPhil in Classical Studies
  • Columbia University, MA in Classical Studies
  • College of the Holy Cross, BA in Classics
  • Classics
  • History
  • Expository Writing