Faculty & Staff
Professor Timothy Hofmeister, currently department Chair, joined the faculty at Denison in 1986. He earned a B.A. at Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. Hofmeister's research centers on Homer and epic poetry, and he has written on ancient Greek comedy as well. He has also published essays on the relation between ancient and modern poetry, especially how that relation figures in the works of the St. Lucian poet and Nobel Prize-winner, Derek Walco
Professor Jacobsen has been teaching full-time at Denison since 1984. He received the A.B. in Latin from Frankln and Marshall College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from The Ohio State University. Professor Jacobsen teaches Latin and Greek, and a wide variety of courses on the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. As a scholar interested Roman poetry, specifically in the work and the reception of the poet Ovid, Professor Jacobsen's most recent work includes an essay in the book Ted Hughes and the Classics, published last year by Oxford University Press, and an article on Ovid's influence on the contemporary Irish poet, Ciaran Carson, published in the journal Classical Outlook.
Since arriving at Denison 2009, Professor Kennedy has taught a wide range of courses on the ancient world including both Greek and Latin language courses from the beginning to advanced levels as well as courses in Greek and Roman history, Greek tragedy, Greek and Roman art, women and gender, and ethnicity in the classical world. Professor Kennedy enjoys teaching courses that allow her to bring her research into the classroom. She is also currently experimenting with role playing pedagogies.
Professor Kennedy’s research interests include the intellectual, political, and social history of Classical Athens, Athenian tragedy, and identity formation and immigration in the ancient world. She is the author of “Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City” (Routledge, 2014), “Athena’s Justice: Athena, Athens, and the Concept of Justice in Greek Tragedy” (Lang, 2009), and numerous articles on Greek tragedy and history. She is a translator and editor (with S. Roy and M. Goldman) of “Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: And Anthology of Primary Sources” (Hackett, 2013) and editor of the forthcoming “Handbook to Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds” (with M. Jones-Lewis; Routledge) and “The Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus” (Brill). She has two current research projects: The first explores immigration and citizenship law i n classical Athens within the context of ancient theories of environmental determinism, indigenous status, and human generation. The second examines the reception of ancient theories of ethnicity in 19th and early 20th century Anglo-American race science.
- Greek and Latin (all levels)
- CLAS 201: Ancient Greece
- CLAS 201: Ancient Rome
- CLAS 301/ENVS 290: Ancient Identities
- CLAS 301/WGST 351: Women and Gender in Antiquity