Sinja Küppers is a third-year PhD student. Her academic interests lie in archaic epic and lyric poetry and Second Sophistic Literature. She is particularly interested in aspects of performance and audience, ancient mythology and the blending of genres.
Sinja received a B.A. in Languages and Cultures from Antiquity (Antike Sprachen und Kulturen) from the University of Cologne and a MSt in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford. She worked with the Homeric Scholia from 2014-2016 as a research assistant to Prof. Nünlist at the University of Cologne. Sinja assisted in teaching Ancient Myth (2018) and Ancient Athletics (2020) at Duke.
In the summer 2018 Sinja explored as an intern at the National Humanities Center the application of GIS to teaching Classics. As a Digital Lab Fellow in the FHI, Sinja has created a digital project on Mapping the Movement in the Second Sophistic Movement.
Sinja is the founder of the Duke first-generation graduate student network Duke F1RSTS: https://sites.duke.edu/dukef1rsts/
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Scholarship for Women Graduate Student Leaders awarded by scholarship from the Duke Graduate School, event sponsor: Duke Alumni Association (DAA) (2020)
SCS Travel Stipend awarded by Society for Classical Studies (2020)
Competitive Summer Research Fellowship awarded by the Fred and Barbara Sutherland Fellowship Fund (2020)
Fellowship in the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge awarded by John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (2018 to 2019)
Internship awarded by National Humanities Center (2018)
Professional Development Grant 2018 awarded by Duke Graduate School (2018)
Pollard Fund Award awarded by Oxford University (2017)
German Academic Exchange Scholarship PROMOS awarded by DAAD (2015)
German Academic Merit Foundation awarded by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2012 to 2019)