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American Academy in Rome Chooses T. Corey Brennan, SAS Classics Professor


Corey Brennan is currently associate professor and chair of the Department of Classics in the School of Arts and Sciences and a former director of the university's interdisciplinary program in Italian Studies.  Before arriving at Rutgers in 2000, he taught for a decade in the Departments of Greek and Latin at Bryn Mawr College.  Under his leadership, the department has undergone a revival, doubling both its faculty and students. The department now has seven faulty members, had 1,271 students and 45 declared majors in the 2007-08 school year and offers courses in Greek, Latin and Sanskrit.  His main scholarly publication is a two volume work, The Praetorship in the Roman Republic (Oxford 2000), an in-depth study of Rome's second most important regular magistracy after the consulship.  He also has co-edited two books and authored numerous articles and chapters, on topics that range across the entire span of Republican and Imperial social and political history, from archaic times through later antiquity.  Recent contributions include essays on Roman dress in North Africa, on failures of Roman diplomacy, and a comparative study of Augustan Rome and the Chinese Han capital of Chang'an.  Brennan is currently engaged in a major study of elite women in the Roman Republican era.  Brennan's appointment begins 1 July 2009; he will return to his teaching at SAS at the end of his three-year appointment.

"I am thrilled that Corey Brennan will join us in Rome. I know that with his energy, experience, intelligence, and love of the Academy, he will be able to build on the achievements of Professor Tom McGinn [ (FAAR'85), of Vanderbilt University, as Mellon Professor] over the last three years, particularly in respect to the walks and talks and other scholarly programs," said Columbia University classicist and Academy Director Carmela Vircillo Franklin (FAAR'85, RAAR'02), to whom the Mellon Professor reports.


 
Brennan was chosen for the Mellon Professorship from a large field of outstanding candidates. The Search Committee, chaired by Professor C. Brian Rose (FAAR'92), James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology in the University of Pennsylvania and Curator-in-Charge of its University Museum, included Academy Trustees David M. Childs (RAAR'2004 and Chair of the Board), Prof. Elaine Gazda, and Roberto A. Mignone, as well as Academy Director Carmela Franklin (FAAR’85, RAAR’02), and Academy President Adele Chatfield-Taylor (FAAR'84).
 
In announcing the Search Committee's decision, Adele Chatfield-Taylor commented, “We are absolutely delighted that Corey will be the next Mellon Professor. Not only is he a great Romanist, but also he brings a breadth of interests that will enrich every aspect of our life in Rome.”
 
A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Brennan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in 1981, from Oxford in 1983 with a BA Hon. (and a MA in 1988), and from Harvard with a MA in 1985 and a PhD in 1990. Brennan held a pre-doctoral fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 1987-1988, and currently (2008-2010) serves as president of its Society of Fellows, an alumni group of more than 1000 that comprises Academy Rome Prize winners, Residents, and Affiliates. 
 
A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, Brennan has held a Membership in the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), co-founded and long led the Ancient Historians' Colloquium of the Atlantic States, and has played various important committee roles in the American Philological Association. Since 2001, he has served as Editor of the American Journal of Ancient History. In 2003, Brennan offered a series of seminars on Roman and Medieval North Africa in the inaugural year of the Istituto di Studi Umanistici of the Università degli Studi di Firenze.
 
A highly visible proponent of public outreach for ancient studies, Brennan has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and the Book Review of The New York Times, and has frequently appeared in television documentaries in the US and UK, especially on the history of ancient sports. While fully immersed in his academic career, he also recorded as a guitarist and songwriter in several bands, most notably the alternative rock band, The Lemonheads.
 
Said Brennan of his appointment at the Academy, "I really am humbled to be chosen for this position, which has so much history behind it; the list of previous Professors-in-Charge reads very much like the story of Roman studies in America. My Rutgers colleagues and administration have been wonderfully supportive in all this; for my own part I look forward to working closely with AAR Director Carmela Franklin, Heiskell Arts Director Martin Brody (RAAR'02), and members of the larger Academy community in putting together an especially dynamic program for next year and beyond."

Rutgers and Rome

Recipients of the Rome Prize are known on completion of their year in Italy as Fellows of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR). The teaching faculty of the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences presently has seven members who have received that distinction; emeriti/ae and faculty at other campuses bring the current Rutgers total to ten.

Here is a list, with field of award:
 
T. Corey Brennan (Associate Professor, Classics) FAAR 1988 [Classical Studies and Archaeology]
Gary D. Farney (Associate Professor, History, Rutgers-Newark) FAAR 1997 [Classical Studies and Archaeology]
Samantha Kelly (Associate Professor, History) FAAR 1997 [Post-Classical Humanistic Studies]
John F. Kenfield, III (Associate Professor, Art History) FAAR 1977 [Classical Studies and Archaeology]
John O. Lenaghan (Professor Emeritus, History) FAAR 1959 [Classical Studies and Archaeology]
Tod A. Marder (Professor II, Art History) FAAR 1998 [History of Art]
David R. Marsh (Professor, Italian) FAAR 1983 [Post-Classical Humanistic Studies]
Maria Teresa Marabini Moevs (Professor Emerita, Classics), Italian AAR Fulbright 1951-1952, FAAR 1964 [Classical Studies and Archaeology]
Catherine R. Puglisi (Professor, Art History) FAAR 1980 [History of Art]
Jonah Siegel (Professor, English) FAAR 2003 [Modern Italian Studies]
 
Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences students and alumni/ae who have won the Rome Prize in recent decades include the following (in reverse chronological order of award, with field):
 
Junot Díaz (BA 1992) FAAR 2008 [Literature]
Meisha Hunter (MA Art History 1997) FAAR 2007 [Historic Preservation and Conservation]
Michael J. Johnson (PhD Classics 2008) FAAR 2007 [Ancient Studies]
Karen Klaiber Hersch (PhD Classics 2003) FAAR 2001 [Ancient Studies]
Stephanie C. Leone (PhD Art History 2001) FAAR 2000 [History of Art]
Laurel McSherry (BSLA 1983) FAAR 2000 [Landscape Architecture]
Thomas Angotti (PhD Urban Planning and Policy Development 1973) FAAR 1991 [Architecture]
Stephan S. Wolohojian (BA 1984) FAAR 1990 [History of Art]
Patrick Strzelec (MFA 1987) FAAR 1989 [Visual Arts]
Anthony D. Colantuono (BA 1980) FAAR 1985 [History of Art]
John Beldon Scott (PhD Art History 1982) FAAR 1981 [History of Art]
Robert P. Bergman (1954-1999, BA 1966) FAAR 1980 [History of Art]
 
Over the years, Rutgers faculty and students have formed links with the American Academy in Rome in numerous other ways:  as invited Residents, affiliates, visitors, directors or participants in the Academy's various summer programs in Italy, and members of Rome Prize juries. Of particular note is the fact that Archer St. Clair Harvey (Professor, Art History) for the last decade has been Associate Director of the American Academy in Rome/Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma Palatine East Excavation.

Rutgers University has long been a contributing Member Institution of the American Academy in Rome.

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