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Cait Mongrain

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I received both my B.A. (2012) and M.A. (2015) in Classics from Texas Tech University, where I subsequently had the privilege to serve as a full-time instructor (2015 - 2018), primarily teaching Latin. I was also fortunate enough to gain experience in copyediting, and the publication process more broadly, as the Editorial Assistant for the American Journal of Philology from May 2014 until August 2018.

My M.A. research focused on spectacle and spectacular violence under the principate of Nero, as represented in the literature of later periods, particularly in the accounts of the historians and in satire. Now that I am in the dissertation phase of the PhD, Flavian Rome has captured my attention. My current research centers on destructive capacity, and more specifically the actual destruction of human and natural landscapes in Judaea, as central to Flavian self-representation, as reflected in literature, art, and numismatics. My project also examines instances in which this narrative of destructive control is subverted or reimagined in representations hostile to the Flavians, e.g., certain Trajanic literature and Jewish and early Christian apocalyptic texts. This fall, I will be presenting my research at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting and at Sicily in the Flavian World, a conference hosted at the Exedra Mediterranean Center.

Alongside my research, I have continued to develop as an instructor, serving as an Assistant in Instruction for courses on campus (Citizenships Ancient and Modern, Latin 108, Pompeii, Ancient Sport and Spectacle). This spring, I will be co-teaching a new class co-developed with Prof. Caroline Cheung on Food and Dining in the Roman World through Princeton’s Collaborative Teaching Initiative. In addition, since 2021 I have volunteered as an instructor/tutor for the Prison Teaching Initiative, leading courses at both Edna Mahan Women’s Correctional Facility and East Jersey State Prison.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have questions about the Classics program at Princeton or about the Prison Teaching Initiative!