About the Translator


ANNA KIRKWOOD GRAHAM, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.         2022 

Educational Background: 

Michigan State University College of Law, JD (cum laude) Summer 2005 

University of Toronto, M.A., Ph.D. (Medieval Studies), 1989 

Hollins University, B.A. (Classical Studies with honors), 1981 

Additional Training:

Rare Book School (Individual(courses), Columbia University and University of Virginia 

  • Introduction to Rare Book Librarianship, Summer 1990 
  • Rare Materials in Anglo-American Law, Summer 1993 


Journal of Medieval Latin, The De generacione et corrupcione of Henry of Avranches (2021), 219-263. 

Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Dom Edmond Obrecht Collection of Gethsemani Abbey, ed. Susan M. B. Steuer and E. Rozanne Elder (Medieval Institute Publications, 2016).  Descriptions of medieval mss. by Anna Kirkwood Graham and Chrysogonus Waddell. 

“St. Francis of Assisi”, in Icons of the Middle Ages, ed. Lister M. Matheson (ABC-CLIO, 2011), 323-54. As Anna Kirkwood Graham.

“The Tractatus moralis super quatuor elementa of Walter of Wimborne,” Journal of Medieval Latin, Vol. 3 (1993), 64-77.  As Anna D. Kirkwood. 

“A Treatise on Gardening, Written by a Native of this State [Richmond, 1793],” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol. 85:1 (March 1991), 67-71.  As Anna D. Kirkwood. 

Research in progress:  

Ongoing work on abortion, ensoulment and the law. 

Translation of Matthaeus Platearius, Circa instans.

With contributions from:

Brandon Conley

Instructor – Classical Studies

Romance and Classical Studies

Michigan State University


Kent State University – M.A. (summa cum laude), Latin Linguistics, 2016

Missouri State University – B.A. (cum laude), Classics and Near Eastern Studies, 2012

Presentations and Talks

“Conlanging for the Linguistics Classroom” – ConWorkShop, October 2017

“An Introduction to the Oscan Language” – Kent State University, April 2017

“Roman Cuisine: Reconstructing Recipes” – Kent State University, October 2016

Panelist, “Complex Conversations in Academia” – Kent State University, 2016

“Language and Space in the Peutinger Map” – Kent State University, March 2015

“Reading Roman Coins of the 4th century CE” – Kent State University, October 2015

Service, Outreach, and Public Writing

Content contributor, Sententiae Antiquae, 2019-present. Selected writings: “Non-elite Latin for the Classroom”, “Amatory Curse Tablets”, “How Was the [Expensive Classics Event]?”

Current Research

Incorporation of non-literary Latin into elementary and intermediate curricula.

Phonetic puns and vulgarisms in Latin comedy.

Translation of Matthaeus Platerius, Circa Instans.

Madison Pehringer



Michigan State University (2016-Present)

BA, Spanish, College of Arts and Letters

  • Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

BA, Global History, College of Social Science

  • African Studies

GPA: 3.9

Honors College

Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (2018)

Semester Exchange, Quito, Ecuador

University College Cork (2019)

International Greek and Latin Summer School, Cork, Ireland


Research Experience

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Romance and Classical Studies, MSU 2021

Currently assisting faculty with translation and publication of Circa Instans, a medieval Latin medicinal text.


“Ancient Jaffa Through Comparative Archaeology.”

Supervised by N. Kaye, HST 481 Seminar in Ancient History; The Holy Land from Alexander to Bar Kochva, SS20

“Throne Rooms and the Function of Eunuchs Within Them: An interpretation of historical documents to model Chrysotriklinos.”

Supervised by A.L. McMichael, HST 452 Special Topics in European History, Byzantine History SS20

“Tradition and Modernity in Conflict in Colonial and Post-Colonial East Africa.”

Supervised by J. Monson, HST 363 East African History, SS20