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Dr. Denise McCoskey

EMPLOYMENT

  • 2001-present Associate Professor, Department of Classics and Affiliate, Black World Studies, Miami University
  • 1995-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and Affiliate, Black World Studies, Miami University

EDUCATION

  • 1995 Ph. D., Department of Classical Studies, Duke University
    Dissertation: “Gender Differentiation and Narrative Construction in Propertius” Professor Lawrence Richardson, jr, Director
  • 1995 NEH Summer Institute: “The Image and Reality of Women in Ancient Near Eastern Societies,” Brown University, June 14-July 18
  • 1990 B.A. with Distinction in all Subjects, Cornell University
    Summa cum Laude in Classics, Majors in Classics and Archaeology, Phi Beta Kappa

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2009 Winner of the American Philological Association’s Award for Excellence in College Teaching
  • 2004 Visiting Bye-Fellow, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge,
  • January-July 1999 Visiting Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University,
  • January 1997-July 1998 Alumni Teaching Scholar, Miami University
  • 1996 Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, June 4-June 30
  • 1994-1995 Women’s Studies Graduate Scholar, Women’s Studies at Duke University,
  • 1992 John J. Winkler Memorial Prize for the essay: “Is There a ‘Thesmophoria’ in This Text? Women’s Spheres in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae and Thesmophoriazusae

GRANTS

  • 2007-2011 Part of a working group on the project “Educating Citizens: Civic Education, Ethics, and Liberal Arts,” directed by Joy Connolly, New York University (received funding from the Teagle Foundation)

WORK IN PROGRESS

  • with Zara Torlone, Latin Love Poetry (forthcoming from I. B Tauris/Oxford University Press)
  • “Ancient Roman Women in a Global Marketplace” (under review at Akademeia - Online Academic Journal )
  • “Inflecting American Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Latin Schoolbooks”

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Race: Antiquity and its Legacy (I.B. Tauris/Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • with Emily Zakin, eds., Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY Press, 2009)

Articles

  • with Mary Jean Corbett, “Virginia Woolf, Richard Jebb, and Sophocles’ Antigone,” in A Companion to Sophocles, ed. Kirk Ormand (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 462-76.
  • with Emily Zakin, “Introduction,” in Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY Press, 2009), 1-14.
  • “The Loss of Abandonment in Sophocles’ Electra” in Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY Press, 2009), 221-245.
  • “Naming the Fault in Question: Theorizing Racism among the Greeks and Romans” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 13 (Fall 2006), 243-67.
  • “Gender at the Crossroads of Empire: Locating Women in Strabo’s Geography” in Strabo’s Cultural Geography: The Making of a Kolossourgia, eds. Daniela Dueck, Hugh Lindsay, and Sarah Pothecary (Cambridge University Press, 2005), 56-72.
  • “On Black Athena, Hippocratic Medicine, and Roman Imperial Edicts: Egyptians and the Problem of Race in Antiquity,” in Race and Ethnicity—Across Time, Space and Discipline, ed. Rodney D. Coates (Brill Press, 2004), 297-330.
  • “Diaspora in the Reading of Jewish History, Identity, and Difference” Diaspora 12.3 (2003), 387-418.
  • “By Any Other Name? Ethnicity and the Study of Ancient Identity” Classical Bulletin 79.1 (2003), 93-109.
  • “Race Before ‘Whiteness’: Studying Identity in Ptolemaic Egypt” Critical Sociology 28 (2002), 13-39.
  • “Murder by Letters: Interpretation, Identity and the Instability of Text in Norfolk’s Lemprière’s Dictionary,” Classical and Modern Literature 20/2 (2000), 39-59.
  • “Reading Cynthia and Sexual Difference in the Poems of Propertius,” Ramus 28 (1999), 16-39. “Answering the Multicultural Imperative: A Course on Race and Ethnicity in Classics,” Classical World 92 (1999), 553-561.
  • “‘I, whom she detested so bitterly’: Slavery and the Violent Division of Women in Aeschylus’ Oresteia,” in Differential Equations: Women and Slaves in Greco-Roman Culture, edd. Sheila Murnaghan and Sandra R. Joshel (Routledge 1998), 35-55.
  • “Black and Female: The Politics of Interpretation in Classical Texts,” SAPINA Bulletin, A Bulletin of the Society for African Philosophy in North America 6.1 (January-June 1994), 1-12.
  • “On Reading ‘Black’ and ‘Female’ in Antique Texts,” SAPINA Newsletter, A Bulletin of the Society for African Philosophy in North America 4. 1 (January-July 1992), 1-12.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Jacqueline M. Carlon, Pliny’s Women in Sehepunkte Ausgabe 11 (2011), nr. 2.
  • Review of Roy K. Gibson, Excess and Restraint: Propertius, Horace, and Ovid’s Ars Amatoria in Classical Journal 105.1 (2009), 76-78.
  • Review of Eve D’Ambra Roman Women and Caroline Vout, Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome in Scripta Classica Israelica 27 (2008), 147-149.
  • Review of Phiroze Vasunia, The Gift of the Nile: Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander in Theatre Journal 55.1 (2003), 182-83.
  • “Education Under the Raj? Greek Paideia in Egypt” (a review of Gymnastics of the Mind) in Classical and Modern Literature 23/1 (2003), 125-133.

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Ancient Roman Women in a ‘Global Marketplace’” presented at “Mediterranean and Transalpine Connections”, Miami University, March 31, 2011.
  • “Inflecting Young America in Ancient Latin” presented at the interdisciplinary workshop “Classical Education and American Slavery,” Miami University, September 24, 2010.
  • Panel Member for the workshop “Recruiting and Retaining Minorities and Women in Classics: From Undergraduate to Tenured Faculty” at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, January 6-9, 2010.
  • “Arms and the Woman: Encountering Amazons in Ancient Myth” invited lecture at Butler University, March 18, 2009.
  • “Tarpeia’s Betrayal: Reading Sexual Difference in the Augustan City” presented at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 11-14, 2007.
  • “Sex and the City: Tarpeia’s Betrayal and Augustan Rome” presented as the 2007 Virginia Hummel Lecture, Virginia Tech, March 14, 2007.
  • “Mapping the Female Subject in the Early Roman Empire” invited speaker at The Ohio State University graduate student colloquium “Cultures in Contact: Identity and Identifications in the Ancient World,” April 15, 2006.
  • “Gladiators, Slaves, and Tribunes: Reading Roman Law, Exclusion, and Agamben’s Homo Sacer,” presented at the European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam 22-25 March, 2006
  • Respondent on panel “Author Meets Critics: Derek Gregory, “The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq” at the European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam 22-25 March, 2006.
  • “Writing as a Woman? The Epistolary Voice and Ovid’s Exile,” presented to the Historical and Cultural Geography Research Cluster Seminar, University of Cambridge, May 12, 2004.
  • “The Female Body as Imperial Border: Love in the Time of Augustus,” presented at the European Social Science History Conference, March 24-27, 2004.
  • “Augustan Geographies: Mapping the Female Subject in the Early Roman Empire” presented to the Literary Seminar of the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, February 18, 2004.
  • “Cynthia and the Geography of Empire in the Poems of Propertius” presented at Oberlin College, September 22, 2003.
  • “Strabo’s Geography and the Impossibility of Amazons” presented at the University of Cincinnati, May 5, 2003
  • “The Loss of Abandonment in Sophocles’ Electra” presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 3-5, 2003.
  • “Sexual Difference & Imperial Space: Strabo’s Geography and the ‘Impossibility’ of Amazons” presented at the conference “Globalization and Cultural Diversity,” Virginia Tech, September 20-21, 2002.
  • “Strabo’s Geography and the Impossibility of Amazons,” presented at the 55th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 19-20, 2002.
  • “Femininity and/as Spatial Dislocation: Ovid’s Heroides and Augustan Geography,” presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 4- 6, 2002.
  • “Identity Theory & the Study of Ptolemaic Egypt, presented at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Philadelphia, January 3-6, 2002.
  • “Strabo and the Amazon Homeland,” presented at the 11th International Conference of Historical Geographers, August 12-18, 2001.
  • “Spatial Location and Gender Identity: Plotting Women in Strabo’s World,” presented at the conference “Strabo the Geographer: An International Perspective,” University of Bar Ilan, Israel, June 25-27, 2001.
  • “Mudslinging and Other Subversive Acts in Strabo,” presented at the Joint Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, October 13-14, 2000.
  • “Geography as Imperial Science: Strabo and Augustan Rome,” presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 4-8, 2000.
  • “Geography as Imperial Science: Strabo and Augustan Rome,” presented at the 131st Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, December 27-30, 1999.
  • “The Ethnicity/Race/Culture Conundrum: Unpacking Key Identity Terms in the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean,” presented at the 130th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, December 27-30, 1998.
  • with Mary McDonald, “Teaching Culture Through Primary Texts,” presented at the 10th Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching-West, March 6-8, 1998.
  • with Mary McDonald, “Teaching Culture Through Primary Texts,” presented at the Presidents’ Day Teaching Effectiveness Retreat, Miami University, February 16, 1998.
  • “Reading Cynthia as Cleopatra in the Poems of Propertius,” presented at the 129th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, December 27-30, 1997.
  • “Race Before ‘Whiteness’?: Lessons from the Ancient Mediterranean, ” presented at the 1997 Social Theory Commonwealth Conference “Race and Whiteness,” University of Kentucky, November 13-14, 1997.
  • “Mapping Empire/Mapping Identity: Representing Self and Cynthia in the Poems of Propertius,” presented to the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, May 27, 1997.
  • “On Having a Bad Hair Day: The Body as National Text in Propertius and Ovid,” presented at the 50th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 17-19, 1997.
  • “Travel, Cartography, and Gender: Mapping Self and Cynthia in the Poems of Propertius,” presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 3-5, 1997.
  • “‘An Inclination for the Latin Tongue’: The Classical Education of Phillis Wheatley” presented at the 128th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, December 27-30, 1996.
  • “Myth, Metamorphosis and Madness: Teaching Lawrence Norfolk’s Lempriere’s Dictionary,” presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Classical Conference, October 17-19, 1996.
  • “Reading Cleopatra When Race Matters” invited participant on the panel “Not Out of Africa” at Xavier University, September 20, 1996.
  • “Reading Cleopatra When Race Matters,” for Women’s Studies, Miami University, April 30, 1996.
  • “Death and the Maiden: Foreignness, Difference and the Murder of Cassandra” presented at the 49th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 18-20, 1996.
  • “The Unbearable Lightness of Being: ‘Levis’ Cynthia and the Poems of Propertius” presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 10-13, 1996.
  • “Is There a ‘Thesmophoria’ in this Text? Women’s Spheres in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae and Thesmophoriazusae,” presented to the Department of Classics, University of Kentucky, November 17, 1995.
  • “Key Words in African Studies: Origins,” presented at the 1994 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Toronto.
  • “‘On Not Knowing Greek:’ Feminism and the Project of Black Athena,” presented at the Xth Congress of the International Federation of the Societies of Classical Studies (FIEC), 1994.
  • Respondent, “Ovide analysé: New Directions in Ovid Studies,” Duke University, March 25- 26, 1994.
  • “What Clytemnestra Knows: Deconstruction of the Male Mythic Tradition in Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis,” presented at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • “Black and Female: the Politics of Interpretation in Classical Texts,” presented at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Boston, MA.
  • Panel Participant: “Discovering Sappho’s Sisters: Evidence and Research Methods for the Study of Women in Antiquity,” at the Fourth Annual Graduate Research Conference, Women’s Studies at Duke University, November 6, 1993.
  • with Christopher Spelman, “Resisting Interpretation in Theocritus’ ‘Programmatic’ First Idyll,” presented at “Stat magni nominis umbra: Art and Literature of the Hellenistic and Silver Ages,” the Second Annual Classics Colloquium, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 27, 1993.
  • “On Reading ‘Black’ and ‘Female’ in Antique Texts,” presented at the 1991 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, St. Louis, MO.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Department of Classics, Miami University, Fall 1995-present

  • CLS 121: Classical Mythology (on both Miami’s Oxford and Hamilton campuses) CLS 121.H: Classical Mythology (honors version)
  • CLS 210.P/CLS 310.P: From the Lair of the Cyclops to the Surface of the Moon: Travel and Self-Definition in Antiquity
  • CLS 210.R: Race & Ethnicity in Antiquity CLS 212: Greek & Roman Tragedy
  • CLS 235/335: Women in Antiquity
  • CLS 310.E: Conflict in Greco-Roman Egypt CLS 310.J: Jews Among the Greeks & Romans
  • CLS 310.L: Ancient Rome & Modern Europe: The Roman Past in the Making of Modern Europe (taught at Miami’s Luxembourg campus in summer 2008)
  • CLS 316: Greek & Roman Lyric Poetry
  • CLS 380A: Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts? Colonial America and the Classical Tradition
  • CLS 380.I/E: Identity and Cultural Difference in Greco-Roman Egypt CLS 380.J: Women, Representation, and the State (co-taught)
  • CLS 402: The Age of Augustus
  • HON 300A: “Identity and Cultural Difference in Contemporary Britain” (at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge)
  • IDS 151: (co-taught) Diversity Seminar LAT 101 & LAT 102: Beginning Latin LAT 201 & 202: Intermediate Latin
  • LAT 310.G: Ovid’s Heroides & the Epistolary Tradition in Latin Elegy LAT 310.G: Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • LAT 310.N: The Latin Novel/Petronius: Text and Context LAT 310.T: Roman Comedy/Terence
  • LAT 310.P: Latin Love Poetry LAT 410.F: Seneca

Instructor, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University, Fall 1993-Spring 1995

  • Latin 1: Elementary Latin Latin 2: Elementary Latin
  • Classical Studies 12: Roman Civilization
  • Classical Studies 104S: Women in the Ancient World

Program Assistant, Foreign Academics Program, Duke University, Summer 1993

  • Duke In Rome

Research Assistant, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University, 1991-1992 & Summer 1993

Teaching Associate, Distinguished Professor Program, Duke University, Fall 1992

  • DPC 198: The Discovery of the Old World

Field Experience, Cornell Halai and East Lokris Project, Greece, Summer 1989 & 1992

SELECT SERVICE

  • 2009-2011 Member, of the Academic Program Review Committee
  • 2010 Chair, Internal Review Team for the Women’s Studies Program Review
  • 2008 Member, Internal Review Team for the French and Italian Program Review
  • 2008-2009 Mentor, STARS program
  • 2008-2009 Co-author, Department Development Grant, Howe Center for Writing Excellence
  • 2007-2008 Mentor, Miami Access Initiative Program
  • 2007-2008 Member, Altman Major Speakers Committee
  • 2007-2008 Member, Jewish Studies Advisory Committee
  • 2006-2008 Member, Black World Studies Advisory Committee
  • 2005-2008 Member, UK Selection Committee for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships
  • 2005-2007 Member, Committee for the Review of Chairs & Program Directors
  • 2005-6 Member, Search Committee for the new Director of Black World Studies
  • 2003 Member, Internal Review Team for the Philosophy Program Review, Miami University
  • 2001-2002 Member, John J. Winkler Memorial Prize Jury
  • 1999-2003 Member, Black World Studies Advisory/Benchmarking Committee
  • 1998-2001 Member, Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups, American Philological Association
  • 1995-98 Member, Black World Studies Program Committee
  • 1996-1999 Adviser, Eta Sigma Phi, Sigma Chapter
  • 1997 Co-Author, “Diversity Resource Book,” College of Arts & Science, Miami University
  • 1996-1997 Member, Linda Singer Memorial Lecture Committee
  • 1996-1997 Member, Diversity Committee, College of Arts & Science
  • 1996-1997 Chief Departmental Adviser, Department of Classics
  • 1995-1997 Member, Women of Color Committee
  • 1995-1997 Member, Diversity Enrollment Council, College of Arts & Science