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Laura Slatkin Office: Foster 306 Phone: (773) 702-8408 Email
Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought


Laura Slatkin's research and teaching interests include ancient Greek and Roman
poetry; wisdom traditions in classical and Near Eastern antiquity; anthropological
approaches to the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world; and cultural
poetics. Professor Slatkin has published articles on Greek epic and drama, and her
book The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays was published by Harvard University
Press in 2011. She taught in the University of Chicago's Department of Classics from
1993-2001 and served as editor-in-chief of Classical Philology. Since 2001 she has
taught at New York University, where she is currently Gallatin Distinguished Professor
of Classical Studies. She was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Center for
Hellenic Studies from 2011-2021, and has held fellowships at Columbia University's
Institute for Scholars in Paris and the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and
Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, among other places. She is currently collaborating on
a study of the reception of Homer in British romantic poetry. Professor Slatkin has
been invited to present her work at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris and the
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin. As a member of the
Classics Department she received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in
Undergraduate Teaching in 1998 and In 2012, she was awarded the NYU
Distinguished Teaching Award.


The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.

With N. Felson (University of Georgia), Professor Slatkin co-authored ”Revenge traditions and Odyssean transformations,” for the XIV Congrès International de la FIEC (la Féderation des Associations d’´Etudes Classiques), Bordeaux.

She published a “Nostos, Tisis, and Two Forms of Dialogism in Homer’s Odyssey,” which she co-authored with N. Felson, in Proceedings of the 12th Symposium on “Revisiting the Odyssey:” Crime and Punishment in Homeric and Archaic Epic (Ithaki: 2015).

Along with Meleko Mokgosi, Professor Slatkin organized the spring 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring the artist Mary Kelly.