Dean of Academics and Professor of History Wendy Closterman at Bryn Athyn College

Wendy E. Closterman

DC 309

Professor of History and Greek

History and Social Sciences


Dr. Closterman teaches courses in ancient history and literature, Greek and Latin, and material culture studies. 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 2022.


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


  • Bryn Athyn College Dean of Faculty 2014-2021
  • Bryn Athyn College Dean of Academics 2018-2021
  • 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