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Rebecca Futo Kennedy

Associate Professor
Position Type
- Present
Greek and Roman History, Languages, and Culture

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 race/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 (both gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity) and immigration in the ancient world. She is the author most recently of “Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City” (Routledge, 2014) and editor of the “Handbook to Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds” (with M. Jones-Lewis; Routledge, 2015). She is a translator and editor (with S. Roy and M. Goldman) of “Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources” (Hackett, 2013) and editor of the “The Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus” (Brill 2017). She is currently writing a book on race and ethnicity in antiquity and its entanglements in modern white supremacy and is co-translating a sourcebook of ancient texts on women in ancient Greece and Rome.

PhD Greek and Latin (Ohio State, 2003); MA Greek and Latin (Ohio State, 1999); BA Classical Studies (UCSD, 1997)

Learning & Teaching

  • CLAS 201: Ancient Greece
  • CLAS 202: Ancient Rome
  • CLAS 311/WGST 351: Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
  • CLAS 312/ENVS 290: Ancient Identities
  • CLAS 321: The Classical Tradition
  • CLAS 322: Ancient Drama
  • CLAS 301: Art and Politics in Antiquity
  • GREK 111-112: First-year Greek
  • LATN 111-112: First Year Latin
  • LATN 211: Latin Prose and Poetry
  • GREK and LATN 361-362: Directed Studies in Advanced Greek and Latin


Political, social, and intellectual history of classical Athens; Athenian Tragedy; Ethnicity, gender, and identity formation in the ancient Mediterranean; Modern reception of ancient theories of human diversity; Immigration in antiquity