Julia, a native of South Carolina, received a BA in History and an AB in Classics from the College of Charleston in 2005 and an MA in Classics from the University of Georgia in 2014. Her interdisciplinary research, combining historical linguistics, Classical philology, and literary studies, focuses on the study of Greek and Latin among 16th-century Spanish philologists. In particular, she considers how 16th-century comparative linguistic methodologies shaped Spanish identity in the crucial moment of first contact with the Americas. Her dissertation will consider the Greek grammatical treatises of Castilian humanist Pedro Simón Abril.
In addition to her study of Greek, Latin, and Spanish, she has availed herself of the unique opportunities offered by UGA's Latin American Indigenous Languages Initiative to study Classical Nahuatl and Cusqueño Quechua. She hopes to expand her research to explore how theories about Greek and Latin shaped the first Spanish grammars of indigenous languages in the Americas.
Additional areas of her research include the reception of Greek and Roman paradoxography and ethnography, epigraphy, travel narratives, and Crónicas de Indias. She has conducted research at the Biblioteca Nacional de España and received training in paleography and codicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Fundación de Ciencias de la Documentación in Spain.
Research Interests: Classical Reception in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain, Travel Narrative, Paradoxography, Proto-Ethnography, Crónicas de Indias, Comparative Historical Linguistics, History of Linguistics, Language Contact, Textual Transmission, Textual Criticism, Paleography, Codicology