Emily Greenwood

Emily Greenwood is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Classics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. In her research and teaching she focuses on ancient Greek prose literature, especially history writing, and the uses of ancient Greek classics in the modern world with a particular interest in conversations between Classics, Black Studies, and Postcolonial Thought. She is the author of many book chapters, essays, and articles. Her books include Afro Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (2010), which was joint winner of the 2011 Runciman Award, and Thucydides and the Shaping of History (2006). She is currently writing a book with the working title Black Classicisms and the Expansion of the Western Classical Tradition and preparing The Penn Public Lectures on Classical Antiquity and the Contemporary World, for Fall 2022, on the subject of “Classics in Real Time: Civics Lessons from Ancient Greece”. Prior to joining Princeton in July 2021, she held a Professorship in Classics at Yale University with a courtesy appointment in African American Studies (2009-2021), a Lectureship in Greek at St Andrews University (2002-2008), and a postdoctoral research fellowship at St Catharine’s College Cambridge (2000-2002). She earned B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Classics from Cambridge University.