Jared Simard is a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Liberal Studies. Dr. Simard holds a Ph.D. in Classics from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. In conjunction with his doctoral work, he also obtained a Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Classics and History.
Dr. Simard’s scholarly work focuses on the reception of mythology in the arts. His current book project traces connections between the classical education of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the mythological art, themes and iconography associated with Rockefeller Center. Dr. Simard’s publications include “The Monument and Altar to Liberty: A Memory Site for the United States’ Own Thermopylae” in War As Spectacle, eds. Anastasia Bakogianni and Valerie Hope (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015); “From Jerash to New York: Columns, Archaeology, and Politics at the 1964–65 World’s Fair,” with Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 74, 3 (2015); “The Titans of Rockefeller Center: Prometheus and Atlas” in Classical New York: Greece and Rome in New York City’s Art & Architecture, 1830–1940, eds. Matthew McGowan and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (Fordham UP, 2018); and “Psyche in the Salon: Myth, Space, and Contexts” in The Reception of Apuleius’ Cupid and Psyche from 1600 to Today, eds. Regine May and Stephen Harrison (forthcoming). He is also Founder and Director of Mapping Mythology, a digital collection of classical mythology in post-antique art.
Prior to joining New York University, Dr. Simard taught extensively in the Classical and Oriental Studies Department at Hunter College, CUNY. In 2013, he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award and in 2016 he was part of a large grant to develop and teach Classics courses fully online.