Hello! I’m Matthew Loar, and I’ve been working at Washington and Lee as the Director of Fellowships since July 2019, but I’ve actually been affiliated with the university since 2003, when I first arrived in Lexington as a wide-eyed college student from Littleton, Colorado. After graduating from W&L with my B.A. in Classics in 2007, I spent a year teaching high school math in Wilmington, Delaware, before heading across the pond to complete an M.St. in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford (Kellogg College). Following that blissful year in the UK, I returned stateside and ventured west to complete my Ph.D. in Classics at Stanford University. Upon graduation, I packed my bags again and moved to the heartland of America to take up a position at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where I was a Lecturer and then Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies for four years.
I’m thrilled to be back in the Shenandoah Valley and working with the outstanding students, faculty, and staff at W&L. In addition to serving as Director of Fellowships, I also hold a courtesy faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Classics. My regular courses include “Medical Greek and Latin,” “The Augustan Era,” courses in the Writing Program, and a spring term abroad course to Rome.