Dr. Denise McCoskey

Dr. Denise McCoskey


  • 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


  • 2018 NEH Summer Stipend for the project “Eugenics and Classical Scholarship in Early 20th-Century America”
  • 2009 Winner of the American Philological Association’s Award for Excellence in College Teaching
  • 1992 John J. Winkler Memorial Prize for the essay: “Is There a ‘Thesmophoria’ in This Text? Women’s Spheres in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae and Thesmophoriazusae ”


  • Ongoing project on eugenics and early twentieth-century American classical scholarship
  • Chapter entitled “‘Perhaps it matters little to what race Terence belongs’: Reading the Africanness of Terentius Afer” for The Handbook of Classics and Postcolonial Theory (eds. Ben Akrigg and Katherine Blouin)
  • Chapter entitled “Race, Roman law courts, and the colonized subject: teaching Cicero’s Pro Fonteio” for Inclusivity and Diversity in Classics: Case Studies from Academia (ed. Fiona McHardy)


  • Edited volume, The Cultural History of Race in Antiquity (Bloomsbury); served as editor and wrote a 10,000-word introduction
  • “Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and John Scott: race and the rise of American classical philology” in the American Journal of Philology (part of a two volume special series on “Diversifying Classical Philology” edited by Emily Greenwood)



  • with Zara Torlone, Latin Love Poetry (I. B Tauris/Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • 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 and Book Chapters

  • “Ethnicity, Race, and Nationalism,” in A Cultural History of Democracy in Antiquity, eds. Paul Cartledge and Carol Atack (Bloomsbury, 2021), 137-155.
  • “The Great Escape: Reading Artemisia in Herodotus’ Histories and 300: Rise of an Empire” in Exploring Gender Diversity in the Ancient World, eds. Allison Surtees and Jennifer Dyer (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 209-221.
  • Entry on “race” (5,000-word review essay) for the Oxford Classical Dictionary digital edition (2020)
  • “The Subjects of Slavery in 19th-century American Latin Schoolbooks,” Classical Journal Forum 115.1 (2019), 88–113.
  • 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.



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 333 Migration and Multiculturalism in the World of Alexander the Great (fall 2021)
  • 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