Wendy Closterman

Dean of Faculty/Associate Professor of History and Greek

Dr. Closterman teaches ancient history, biblical Greek, and material culture studies. Her research focuses on the funerary practices, religion, and social history of ancient Greece. In her teaching, she explores what archaeology as well as textual evidence reveals about the ancient world. Dr. Closterman has led groups of Bryn Athyn students and faculty on summer tours of Greece and Italy.  Her academic contributions to the field include numerous journal articles, invited chapters in edited volumes, book reviews, encyclopedia and catalog entries, invited papers and talks, conference papers and panels, and public lectures.  


  • Ph.d., Classics, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., 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