Faculty Research Focus

Photo of YA receiving Karagiannaki Award

Georgios Anagnostou works on questions of whiteness in the United States with an emphasis on how European American groups negotiated their racializations in the country throughout the 20th century. The placement of early 20th c immigrants within US racial hierarchies and the debates surrounding post-1960s ethnic revival are the two historical moments organizing his approach to the topic. Publications in these areas include: Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America (2009, Ohio UP), “White Ethnicity: A Reappraisal” (Italian American Review, 2013), and Redirecting Ethnic Singularity: Italian Americans and Greek Americans in Conversation (co-edited. 2022, Fordham UP), which won the 2022 Modern Greek Studies Association Vassiliki Karagiannaki Best Edited Book Prize.

Harriet Fertik (she/her) is a scholar of ancient political thought and its receptions, especially in the work of Black American writers. She co-edited and contributed to Above the Veil: Revisiting the Classicism of W. E. B. Du Bois, a special issue of the International Journal of the Classical Tradition (2019). Recent and forthcoming publications include an essay on women and enslaved nurses in Tacitus' Dialogue on Orators, a study of "women's work" and political participation in Aristotle, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Anna Julia Cooper, and an essay on antiquity and anti-Blackness in Hannah Arendt's political thought. She is one of the founders of Eos, a society dedicated to Africana receptions of ancient Greece and Rome, and serves on its executive committee. She also co-organized the interdisciplinary conference "Mother's Milk: Breastfeeding from Metaphor to Practice."

Gaia Gianni is a social historian, and she explores the lives of children, women, and enslaved individuals in the Greco-Roman world. In her paper “Roosters, cockfighting and performing masculinity in Aristophanes’ plays” (Illinois Classical Journal, 2022), she analyzes how literary and visual references to roosters and their violent confrontations can be used a shorthand to signify the ideal masculine behavior in classical Athens. She also wrote a forthcoming paper (Historia, 2023) on the Italic goddess Feronia and the enslaved communities who worshipped her, focusing on why Feronia was believed to grant special protection to individuals in bondage.

Tom Hawkins (he/him/his) anticipates the publication in 2023 of Hacking Classical Forms in Haitian Literature, the first monograph to study the intersection of Haitian literature and material drawn from the ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. He has published (or is preparing) articles and book chapters on such topics as Luis Alfaro’s Greco-Cholo tragedies, W.E.B. du Bois, the intersection of Haiti and Greco-Roman antiquity in early Black literature in the U.S., and Michael Yellowbird’s theory of neurodecolonization. He is a member of the advisory board for Eos.

Christopher Parmenter focuses on the intersections between ancient Greece and its many afterlives. Among other things, he has published on the impact of American desegregation on the study of Archaic Greece, as well as the use of models used by historians of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in piecing together ancient Greece's poorly-understood trade in enslaved persons. Right now, he is working on publishing the Latin writings of the English abolitionist Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), as well as a study of the Black abolitionist Olaudah Equiano's (c. 1745-1797) classical readings.