Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literature
Associate Professor, Program in Comparative Literature
Research interests include early christianity, Caroligian and early medieval Iberian cultures, manuscript studies; Medieval European literature, philosophy, theology (Spanish, Catalan, French, Latin).
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature
Research interests include Latin literature, Roman cultural studies, contemporary literary and cultural theory, ancient rhetoric and poetics, and the Classical tradition.
Sara L. Forsdyke
Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin
Research interests include ancient Greek history, Greek political thought and ideology, Greek orators, Greek law, and ancient and modern historiography. She is particularly interested in how contemporary concerns have shaped the historical interpretation of ancient Greece.
Benjamin W. Fortson IV
Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin Language, Literature, and Historical Linguistics, Department of Classical Studies
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
Editor-in-Chief, Beech Stave Press
Research interests include Indo-European comparative philology; early Greek and Latin; Plautine metrics; Indo-European poetics; theory and method in historical
linguistics and lexicography.
Bruce W. Frier
Frank O. Copley Professor of Classics and Roman Law
Chair, Law School
Research interests include Roman law, Roman social and economic history, Hellenistic and Roman historiography and political science, ancient architecture, and numismatics.
Professor of Musicology
Research interests are: 19th and 20th-century music, particularly French music; the cultural history of music; music in its relation to cultural theory from an historical, sociological, anthropological, and literary perspective; music and political- intellectual movements.
Assistant Professor, Musicology
My research interests include the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany, the German reception of ancient Greece, the music of Felix Mendelssohn, and the music and aesthetic theories of Richard Wagner.
David M. Halperin
Professor, Department of English Language and Literature
Research interests include queer theory and the cultural history of homosexuality, classical studies and its relation to contemporary cultural history, and critical theory.
Sharon C. Herbert
Director, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Professor of Classical Archaeology and Greek
Research Scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Research interests include Greek archaeology, vase painting, and the Hellenistic Near East.
Kali A. Israel
Associate Professor, Department of History
Professor Israel teaches modern British history, including Scottish history, and cultural studies. Research interests have focused on Victorian history and culture, post-histories of the Victorian, critical studies of biography, and Victorian and modern hellenism.
C.P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek Studies
Professor, Department of Classical Studies
Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Research interests include debates between the Ancients and the Moderns; myth in modernity; modern Greek culture; post-modern classicisms; tragedy and the tragic; ethics and politics.
Artemis S. Leontis
Associate Professor of Modern Greek
Research interests include comparative literature, especially classics and modernism; modern Greek literature, language, and culture; and diaspora studies, including Greek Americans.
Lecturer, Residential College
Research interests include modern productions of ancient drama. She regularly teaches RC HUMS 380, a greek drama and modern adaptations course at the residental college. These classes not only analyse plays but evolve interpretations and stage them for production. She has directed two productions of Aristophanes' Lysistrata (1991, 2007), Euripides' The Bacchae, sponsored by the institute for the Humanities (1993), "Easy Virtue" an adaptation of Plautus's Cistellaria by playwright Carolyn Balducci (1994), original adaptations of Sophocles Philoctetes in two separate productions "Philoctetes in Vietnam" (1995), "Return to War" (2003), as well as Seamus Heaney's version of the play, "The Cure at Troy" (2007). She also has directed an original adapation of Euripides "The Trojan Woman" entitled "Survivors: The Trojan Women in Bosnia"and Survivors: The Trojan Women in Bosnia". (1998) and more recently Ellen Mclaughlin's "Iphegenia and Other Daughters". (2007)
Sara L. Ahbel-Rappe
Professor of Greek and Latin
Research interests include classical and Hellenistic philosophy, neo-Platonism, and philosophy of language.
Arlene W. Saxonhouse
Professor, Department of Political Science
Research interests focus on ancient and early modern political thought. Her previous publications studied how attention to gender enriches our understanding of the political thought of the ancient theorists, how the debts that Hobbes's political thought has to the thought of Machiavelli help us understand the theoretical basis of modern political thought, and how careful readings of the ancient theorists provide previously unexplored insights into the possibilities and limits of democratic theory. Her current work continues the study of how gender in Plato's dialogues casts questions on traditional readings of his political thought.
Department of Classical Studies
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Research interests include: ancient scholarship and literary criticism, especially Aristarchus of Samothrace and Alexandrian scholarship; Greek science and technical languages; literary papyrology; reception studies.
Chair, Department of Classical Studies
Professor of Greek and Latin
Research interests include Homer, tragedy, Greek literary criticism, and ancient narrative.
Elizabeth L. Sears
Professor, Department of History of Art
Research interests include medieval art and art theory of the Latin West, 800-1400, and the history of the art-historical discipline
Gina M. Soter
Lecturer IV, Classical Studies and Residential College
Research interests include Pedagogy of Greek and Latin; Living Latin; Greek and Roman theater; Classical tradition.
Peter D. Sparling
Professor, Department of Dance
Professor, School of Music
Artistic Director, Peter Sparling Dance Company
Professor Sparling danced with the José Limon Dance Company from 1971 to 1973 and was a principal dancer from 1973 to 1987 with the Martha Graham Dance Company, to which he returns often to perform, coach, and teach. As a regisseur of the Martha Graham Trust, he stages Graham's works on his own company and on companies all over the world. He has worked extensively with composers, actors, visual artists, and scientists to create collaborative performance works. He has also written texts for performance and has been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review.
Louise K. Stein
Professor, School of Music
Research interests include European, Spanish, and colonial Latin American music of the late Renaissance and baroque eras, with particular emphasis on theater music and opera.
Lecturer, Department of English
Coordinator, Undergraduate Subconcentration in Creative Writing
Interests include contemporary poetry and fiction and translation. Award-winning author of translations of modern Greek poetry.
Associate Director, Kelsey Museum, Curator, Kelsey Museum, Adjunct Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology.
Research interest include, Aegean prehistory, gender, Neolithic figurines, and museums.
Associate Professor, Department of German Studies
and Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of Comparative Literature
Research interests include theory of tragedy and European, particularly German, reception of 4th and 5th Century Greek literature and philosphy.
Elizabeth R. Wingrove
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Associate Professor, Program in Women's Studies
Research and teaching interests include early modern and modern political theory, contemporary social and feminist theory, and the sexual politics of republicanism. Her current work on the politics of eighteenth-century epistolary culture draws on classical reception studies, as well as on literary theory and intellectual history. Her publications include studies on Rousseau; Wollstonecraft; Althusser; and educational "crises" in contemporary democratic societies.