AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts department of classics has added two new faculty members. They are Deborah Felton and Kenneth Kitchell, Jr.
Deborah Felton received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and left a tenure-track job at Southern Illinois University to come to UMass. Her specialty is folklore in classical literature, with a particular emphasis on ancient ghost stories. Her recent book, "Haunted Greece and Rome: Ghost Stories from Classical Antiquity," (University of Texas Press), examines these ancient stories and compares them to ghost stories of the modern era.
Felton has received fellowships to study in Greece and at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. She has also studied in Italy and England, and has led a study-abroad course on Roman Britain. In addition to her book, she has published numerous essays, and has also received faculty research grants at both SIU and UMass.
This semester Felton is teaching a course in classical mythology, and next year she will institute a new course on magic in ancient Greece and Rome. In the past she has taught a variety of courses including Greek and Roman civilization, Greek and Roman art, and women in antiquity.
Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr., received his bachelor''s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1969, and his MA and Ph.D. in classics in 1976 from Loyola University of Chicago. Prior to coming to UMass he was an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Classics at Louisiana State University, where he taught for 22 years. He also served, in 1989, as the Gertrude Smith Professor and co-director of the Summer Program of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece.
Kitchell has won several teaching awards, including the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics, the Amoco Teaching Award, and the Doc Amborski Teaching Award. He is the author of more than 40 articles, has presented nearly 80 scholarly talks, and is an associate editor of Classical Outlook, for which he writes a quarterly column.
Kitchell recently completed a translation and annotation of the Latin text of Linnaeus'' most important work on reptiles, and recently saw the publication of "Albertus Magnus De Animalibus: A Medieval Summa Zoologica," the first translation and annotation of the "De Animalibus" of Albertus Magnus, with Irven Resnick. The work, a labor of 15 years, has been supported by NEH grants, and appeared in two over-sized volumes (1,900 pages) with Johns Hopkins Press. His next major project will be a book analyzing the role of animals in Greek life, literature, and art. He is editor of "Entering the Stadium: Approaches to Ancient Athletics" and is at work on a textbook of medieval Latin, a study of the medieval state of whaling, and a book of essays examining the classics during the Civil War.
Kitchell has been active in promoting the study of classics for such groups as the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, where he served as president, and the American Philological Association, most recently serving as the association''s vice-president for education and the chair of the committee for the promotion of Greek.