Faculty & Staff

photo of Gretchen Umholtz

Gretchen Umholtz, PhD

  • Lecturer in Classics, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617-287-6179
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall,04,00427

Areas of Expertise

Greek Art and Archaeology, Civic Ideology, Hellenistic Architecture and Urbanism


PhD 1994, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Umholtz's teaching at UMass Boston covers a range of topics from Greek language, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Greek Civilization, through Greek Art and Architecture, Alexander the Great, Hellenistic Art and Culture, and Greek and Roman Epic.  Her training through the master's level was in Classical Languages and Literature and she enjoys bringing together literature, art and history in her courses.  Her current new teaching project is the revival and redesign of a previously dormant course entitled "Paganism and Christianity." 
She has excavated in Greece (at the Athenian Agora and ancient Corinth) and in Turkey (at Sardis) and has participated in architectural field projects in Sicily and Turkey.  She has served as enrichment lecturer for a California Alumni trip in Turkey and hopes to lead study trips in Greece in the near future.