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Alyson Melzer

Alyson Melzer

PhD Candidate - Language and Literature
B.A. in Comparative Literary Studies and Music Performance, Occidental College
Post-Baccalaureate in Classical Studies, University of California Los Angeles

Alyson has long been interested in performance, music, verbal art, pedagogy and aesthetics. As an undergraduate at Occidental College, she majored in Comparative Literature with a focus on Greek tragedy, and also completed a Music major in Violin Performance. After two years in the post-baccalaureate Classics program at UCLA, Alyson came to Stanford to continue studying Classical languages and literary culture. Her dissertation, entitled The Somatics of Style: Performance, Poetics, and the Body in Greek Literary Criticism, explores how the body is used to conceptualize and teach the verbal arts. She successfully passed her dissertation defense in January 2020. Since coming to Stanford, she has also enjoyed a wide range of teaching experience, from Greek Mythology to New Testament Greek and Intermediate Classical Greek. She has served as a teaching consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning, as the graduate representative and faculty liason for the Classics department, and as producer and president of Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT). She is the current recipient of the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund Fellowship, and was also the recipient of the Pigott Scholars Program Fellowship.


Alyson Melzer, edited by David Stuttard
May 2019
Ajax is perhaps the earliest of Sophocles' tragedies, yet the issues at its heart remain profoundly resonant today. Set in the Greek encampment...