John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities, Director of the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World, Professor of Hispanic Studies


Andrew Laird came to Brown in 2016 from Warwick University in the UK, where he was Professor of Classical Literature. His research interests extend beyond ancient Greece and Rome to the European Renaissance and colonial Latin America. He is completing a project on the role of humanism in mediating native languages and legacies in sixteenth-century New Spain and also preparing a text and translation of Petrarch's Africa for the I Tatti Renaissance Library. In 2019 he held a Plumer Visiting Research Fellowship at St Anne's College, Oxford, as well as teaching at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas at UNAM (Mexico) and directing a Folger Institute Faculty Seminar, The Visual Art of Grammar. Activities in 2020 have included talks at the Aberdeen branch of the Classical Association of Scotland and the Columbia Univeristy Seminar in Classical Civilization and the Poultney Lecture at Johns Hopkins University. His self-authored and collaborative publications include Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power (Oxford University Press), Ancient Literary Criticism (OUP), The Epic of America (Bloomsbury)Italy and the Classical Tradition: Language, Thought and Poetry 1300-1600 (Bloomsbury), Antiquities and Classical Traditions in Latin America (Wiley), and the first comprehensive surveys of Latin writing from colonial Spanish America and Brazil for Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World (Brill) and Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (OUP). A study of Horace's Ars Poetica to introduce Augusto Rostagni's pioneering commentary on the text was published in Bologna this summer.

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