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Brittney Szempruch

Brittney Szempruch

PhD Candidate - Language and Literature
B.A. Georgetown University 2012 (English and Classics)

Brittney studies the literature and history of ancient Rome, focusing on Roman religion in the late Republican and Imperial periods. Her dissertation, “Songs of Empire: Embedded Hymns and the Latin Hymnic Tradition,” is a diachronic study of Latin hymns that traces their transformation across cult and literary contexts; it argues that hymns embedded in other genres of poetry were a formal response to the changing relationship between the human, divine, and what constituted the 'Roman' in the early years of imperial expansion.

At Stanford Brittney has enjoyed working with high school through doctoral students, in classes that range from Intermediate Greek to Stanford’s Summer Humanities Institute. She also works with students from all disciplines as a graduate writing tutor at Stanford’s Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.