Professor of Classics

Department of Classics
966 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive Phone: (608)
University of Wisconsin Fax: (608) 265-3508
Madison, WI 53706  


Princeton University, Ph.D. 1987, M.A. 1985: Comparative Literature and Classics
King's College, Cambridge University, M.A. 1986, B.A. 1982: Classics, First Class Honors
Harvard/Radcliffe College, B.A. 1980: Classics, Summa cum laude
Freie Universität Berlin, 1977-78
Research Interests
Archaic Lyric Poetry

Hellenistic Poetry

Comparative Literature

Critical Theory

Academic Honors and Grants
Hilldale Undergraduate Thesis Award (Colleen Bayley), 2003-04
Vilas Associates Award, UW-Madison, 2002-04
Faculty Course Development Grant, UW-Madison, 2001-02
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2000
UW Graduate School Research Council Summer Funding (2/9ths salary), 2000
UW Graduate School Research Council International Conference Grant, 2000
Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison, 1998
Honors Sophomore Summer Research Partnership Award (Chris Hemauer), UW-Madison, 1998
Griswold Grant, Yale University, 1994
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Professors, 1992-93
Morse Fellowship, Yale University, 1992-93 (declined)
Griswold and Enders Grants, Yale University, 1991
Visiting Scholar, Pembroke Center for Teaching & Research on Women, Brown University, 1990-91
American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid for travel to collections, 1988-89
Office of the Vice President for Research Award, The University of Michigan, 1988-89
Faculty Summer Research Grant, The University of Michigan, 1988
American Association of University Women Predoctoral Fellowship, 1986-87 (declined)
H.W. Dodds Fellowship, Princeton University, 1985-86
Josephine de Karman Fellowship, Princeton University, 1984-85
Honorary Senior Scholarship, King’s College, Cambridge University, 1982
Marshall Scholarship, King’s College, Cambridge University, 1980-82
Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard/Radcliffe College, 1979

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dept. of ClassicsProfessor, 2001-present
 Associate Professor, 1997-2001
Yale University, Dept. of ClassicsAssociate Professor, 1993-96
 Assistant Professor, 1990-93
University of Michigan, Dept. of Classical StudiesAssistant Professor, 1987-90
 Visiting Instructor, 1986-87
Princeton University, Classics Dept.Assistant in Instruction, 1984-85

Ancient Epistolary Fictions: the Letter in Greek Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

The Poetics of Imitation: Anacreon and the Anacreontic Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Chapters in edited collections

"The Hellenistic Epistolary Epigram," in Hellenistic Epigrams, eds. M.A. Harder, R.F. Regtuit, and G.C. Wakker (Sterling, VA: Peeters, 2002): 137-49

"Greek Lyric Poetry in the French Renaissance", in The Classical Heritage in France, ed. G. Sandy (E.J. Brill, forthcoming 2001)

"(In)versions of Pygmalion: The Statue Talks Back", in Making Silence Speak: Women's Voices in Ancient Greek Literature and Society , eds. A. Lardinois and L. McClure (Princeton University Press, 2000)

"The Epistolary Novel", in Greek Fiction: The Greek Novel in Context , eds. J. R. Morgan and R. Stoneman (London: Routledge, Kegan & Paul, 1994): 146-65


"Traces of Professional Poets on the Memnon Colossus", forthcoming in Classical Quarterly

"Girls At Play in Archaic Greek Poetry", AJP 125 (2004): 163-78

"Cavafy and his Ancient Sources", forthcoming in CML (2004)

"Tracing medulla as a Locus Eroticus in Greek and Latin Poetry", Arethusa 32 (1999): 19-47

"Her Master's Voice: Sappho's Dialogue with Homer", MD 39 (1998): 123-49

"Ovid's Heroides and Tristia : Voices from Exile", Ramus 26 (1997): 29-56

"Love Letters in Callimachus, Ovid, and Aristaenetus, or, The Sad Fate of a Mail-order Bride", MD 36 (1996): 9-31

"Enactment of the Law: Plautus' use of the divorce formula on stage", Phoenix 49 (1995): 201-17

"A Cold Reception in Callimachus' Victoria Berenices (SH 257-65)", Classical Quarterly 43 (1993): 206-14

"The Unexpected Guests: Patterns of xenia in Callimachus' Victoria Berenices and Petronius' Satyricon", Classical Quarterly 41 (1991): 403-13

"Simonides' Danae Fragment Reconsidered", Arethusa 24 (1991): 5-29

Work in Progress

Ancient Greek Literary Letters: Selections in Translation (a volume of translated letters with scholarly introductions, forthcoming Routledge UK, 2003)

Greek Poetry of the Imperial Age (a book project on verse forms in the Second Sophistic)

"Julia Balbilla in Egypt: A Second Sappho?", under revision

"Pamphylian Damophyle and Claudia Damo: Partners in Poetry", in progress

"Fictional Letters and the Rhetoric of Reality", in progress

Departmental and University Service
Departmental Service

Graduate Advisor (1998-99, 2000-01)

Sexual Harrassment Officer (1998-2000)

Undergraduate Advisor (1997)

Chair, Committee on Graduate Admissions and Fellowships (1998-2000, 2002-)

Committee on Graduate Admissions and Fellowships (2000-)

Committee on Funds, Prizes, and Undergraduate Awards (1997-98)

Committee on TA Selection (1998-2002)

Curriculum Committee (1997-2000, 2002-)

Committee on Invited Speakers (1997-98)

Modern Foreign Language Examiner (1999-2001)


Ph.D. Director (1999 - )

Sheila M. Flaherty: "Euripides and Ovid" (Yale 1995)

Heather Harwood: "Sirens and Silenoi" (Yale 1996)

Holly Sypniewski: "Vergil's Culex" (co-director with J. McKeown, Madison, 2002)

Angela Pitts: "Sappho's Ancient Reception" (Madison 2002)

Matthew Semanoff: "Greek Didactic Poetry" (Madison 2002)

David Hillman: "History of Pharmacology" (Madison, 2004)

Rachel McMullin: "Hieron in Syracuse" (Madison, 2004)


Ph.D. Defense Committee Member

David Harrison, French Dept. (May 2001)

Sarah Monette, English Dept. (November 2003)

Alex Pappas, Classics Dept. (December 2003)


M.A. Director

Stephen Thompson: "Lucian as Philosopher" (May 2001)


M.A. Defense Committee Member

Julia Spyra (May 1999)

Alex Pappas (May 1999)

Rachel McMullin (September 1999)

Mary McHugh (May 1999)

Shannan Stewart (May 2003)


University Service

Center for Humanities Advisory Committee (2001-present)

Academic Student Appeals Committee (1997-present)

University Press Committee (1997-2000)

Member, Institute for Research in the Humanities Selection Committee (1998-2001)

Fellow, Chadbourne Residential College (1999-2000, 2001-02)

Minority Student Mentoring (1998-2000)

Professional Activities
Referee for journals: Transactions of the American Philological Association, Arethusa, Classical Journal, Classical World

Referee for presses: Princeton University Press, University of Wisconsin Press

Co-Editor, Wisconsin Studies in the Classics, University of Wisconsin Press

NEH Selection Committee Member, American School of Classical Studies in Athens (2002)

NEH Selection Committee Member, Summer Stipends (2002)

Member, The American Philological Association

Member, Logos

External Tenure Reviews: UC Santa Barbara (2002), Oberlin (2004)

APA/AIA Joint Committee on Placement (2005-2008)