Jared Simard is Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies. He holds an M.A. and 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.
Simard’s scholarly work focuses on mythology in literature and art. His publications have traced the reception of ancient mythology in the art and architecture of New York City combining classics, history, art history, archives, and biographical approaches into an interdisciplinary and innovative research agenda. Subsequently, his research touches upon theories of reception, American studies, and empire, as well as space and material culture. His research has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Fordham University Press, and Bloomsbury Publishing. He is currently completing a book manuscript that traces connections between the classical education of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the mythological art, themes and iconography associated with Rockefeller Center. He is also Founder and Director of Mapping Mythology, a digital collection of classical mythology in post-antique art.
Prior to his current appointment, he held a postdoctoral faculty fellowship at NYU. Previously, he taught extensively in the Classical and Oriental Studies Department at Hunter College, CUNY, where in 2013 he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award and in 2016 was part of a large grant to develop and teach Classics courses fully online.