Mariah Smith

Postdoctoral Research Assoc
Phone: (603) 862-1465
Office: Classics, Humanities & Italian Studies, Murkland Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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Mariah Elaine Smith is the postdoctoral research and teaching associate in the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project and teaches in the Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies. Before joining the UNH faculty in 2018, Dr. Smith taught in the Department of Classics at the University of Southern California as a lecturer. She earned her Ph.D. in classics from Indiana University in 2016, where she was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Liberal Arts. She also holds a masters from the University of Kansas and bachelors from Willamette University. Dr. Smith teaches Latin language at all levels, as well as a variety of courses designed to introduce students to the history and culture of the ancient Mediterranean. Her research focuses on the ways in which ancient Roman authors of the first century CE view and interact with the developing Roman Empire, including both the governmental and social changes. Her recent work examines the social dimension of two Roman authors, Pliny the Younger (a writer of letters) and Martial (a writer of short, pithy epigrams), as they lived under the Emperors Domitian and Trajan, who are generally understood as models of bad and good emperors, respectively.

Research Interests

  • Latin literature and culture
  • Reading culture
  • Roman religion
  • Silver Age/High Empire Latin

Courses Taught

  • CLAS 444: Hon/Indv & Soc Ancient World
  • CLAS 444D: Hon/Athens, Rome &Birth of USA
  • CLAS 520A: Democracies and Republics
  • HUMA 401W: Introduction to Humanities
  • LATN 402: Elementary Latin II
  • LATN 503: Intermediate Latin I