Laura Brooke Rich is currently a sixth year PhD student in Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. Brooke has taught Latin at all levels at UT, for which she was awarded the William J. Battle Award for Excellence in Teaching. With her background in linguistics, Brooke uses a linguistics- based method to help students better understand language formation and change. She strongly believes that Latin should not be learned in a vaccuum and favors a holistic approach in which students learn not only Latin, but about the people who spoke Latin and their history, culture, religion, art, and literature. Brooke has high expectations of her students, but her primary goal is always to help her students enjoy reading Latin. Brooke loves teaching Latin so much that she even taught her dogs to respond to commands in Latin.
Education: BA Classics and Linguistics summa cum laude, University of Florida, 2007; MA Classics, University of Texas at Austin, 2009; PhD Classics, University of Texas at Austin, in progress
Research: My dissertation is on ridicule in Latin literature, and my master's thesis was an analysis of powerful language and gender in Roman comedy. Broadly, I'm interested in how people do things with words (or in my case, how Romans did things with them), which leads me to cognitive approaches and theories of power, gender, humor, and speech.
Teaching: Current course: LAT322 (33455)
Previous courses taught: LAT506 First Year Latin I (twice), LAT507 First Year Latin II (twice), LAT311 Second Year Latin I: Vergil (once), LAT312 Second Year Latin II: Cicero (three times), CC302 Introduction to Ancient Rome (once). I have also privately tutored all levels and ages of Latin, including two years of home-school Latin.
Contact info: Office hours MWF 1- 2, Waggener 14C; email@example.com