Wendy E. Closterman

Dean of Faculty/Associate Professor of History and Greek

Dr. Closterman serves as Dean of Faculty. She also teaches courses in ancient history and literature, biblical Greek, Latin, and material culture studies. In her teaching, she explores what archaeological and literary evidence reveal about the ancient world. She also integrates Glencairn Museum’s collections into her courses. Her research focuses on the funerary practices, religion, and social history of ancient Greece, and she has published numerous articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia and catalog entries. Dr. Closterman has led summer trips to Greece and Italy, and she is planning a Bryn Athyn College student, faculty, and alumni trip to Greece in June of 2020.


  • PhD, Classics, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, History and Sacred Languages, Bryn Athyn College


  • Paul Carpenter Fellowship Fund, 2000-04, 2006-07, 2010-11, 2013
  • Carpenter Scholar, Bryn Athyn College, fall 2012
  • Bryn Athyn College Summer Research Grant, 2007, 2010
  • 1984 Fellowship, 1996-7, 1998
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
  • American Academy in Rome, Summer Archaeology Program, 1997
  • American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Regular Member, 1995-6

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Ancient Greek death and burial
  • Ancient Greek religion
  • Ancient Athenian social history
  • Ancient Athenian art and archaeology

Courses Taught