Department of Classics

Three Students, Nathan Carmichael, Ciaran Dean-Jones, and Jane Robbins Mize Named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates

Wed, March 25, 2015
Three Students, Nathan Carmichael, Ciaran Dean-Jones, and Jane Robbins Mize Named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates

Every year the College of Liberal Arts awards this title to 12 graduating seniors in honor of their outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service to the college. Instituted in 1980, this is the highest honor the College of Liberal Arts awards its students.

Nathan Carmichael, majoring in Anthropology, Classics, and Classical Archaeology, Ciaran Dean-Jones, majoring in Plan II Honors, Classics, and History, and Jane Robbins Mize, majoring in English Honors and Latin, have been named Dean's Distinguished Graduates. They will be honored publicly at their graduate ceremony in May. Caroline Crews, majoring in Classics and Religious Studies, and Jorge Wong, majoring in Classics and Linguistics, were honorable mentions for the Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.


Nathan has degrees in anthropology, classics, and classical archaeology with honors. In addition, he works at the Harry Ransom Center in the photography archives, where he has gained an extensive knowledge of the photographic processes and conservation work. In 2012, he participated in the excavations of a synagogue in the ancient port city of Ostia, Italy. He also has a love for ancient Greek, although this is certainly a product of Stockholm Syndrome after enduring the Intensive Greek Program here at UT. Just this last summer, he participated in the excavations of another Roman site, this time at Heraclea Sintica, Bulgaria. Ultimately, he desires a lifelong career in academia, with a focus on Roman archaeology.




Ciaran Dean-Jones attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin. He will graduate this May with a degree in Classics, History, and Plan II Honors. Next year, he will begin graduate study in 19th-century American History at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Ciaran is the son of Drs. Lesley and David Dean-Jones. He is very proud of his brother, Aidan Dean-Jones. He was confirmed at All Saints Episcopal Church (Austin) in 2014. He is 22. 




Jane Robbins Mize is interested in the relationship between literature and society. Through the study of language, history, and craft, she examines writing as a tool for both artistic expression and social influence. She is currently researching the nineteenth-century periodical, The Dial, and plans to continue her studies of literary and print culture in graduate school. 

Caroline Crews is most interested in Christian Origins, especially the development of Christianity with a Jewish foundation and within the Greco-Roman world. Currently, she is working on an honors thesis through the Department of Religious Studies on the non-canonical Gospel of Peter. She has recently been accepted to graduate programs at Boston University, University of Chicago Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School for the fall. Eventually, she hopes to get her PhD and to teach at the college-level.

Jorge Wong is a senior in Classics and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Austin, he spent the first ten years of his life in Mexico. He returned to the US at the age of ten and entered UT as a student of Ancient Philosophy. Soon the Ancient overtook the Philosophy and not much later after his first Greek class, he became a classics major. He will be moving to the Bay Area to pursue a Ph.D in Classical Philology at UC Berkeley with his wife and toy poodle. His main research interests are archaic lyric, epic, tragedy and Indo-European linguistics. 






Nathan, Ciaran, and Jane are our eighth, ninth, and tenth seniors to earn this distinction in the last eight years. The others are Katelin McCullough (2013), Kathleen Kidder and Matthew Ramirez (2011), Joshua Ethan Alexander (2010), Dhananjay Jagannathan (2009), and Megan Campbell and Christina Skelton (2008). 

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