John Rowe Workman Assistant Professor of Classics


An alumna of Brown Classics and Literary Arts, Dr. Eccleston is the John Rowe Workman Assistant Professor of Classics. She specializes in literature of the Roman Empire, Classical Reception (especially in contemporary poetry and pertaining to race, the African diaspora, and American culture), literary theory, and human-animal studies.  She is currently at work on two book projects. Humanizing Speech: Apuleius and the Ethics of Narrating, the first manuscript, explains the role Apuleius' treatment of the human animal boundary plays in his Middle Platonist narrative ethics. It uncovers the interrelatedness of form, politics, and philosophy at work throughout Apuleius' extant corpus. The second project, Epic Events, analyzes the role of Classical reception in post-9/11 American culture, especially in the racialization of particular immigrant groups and the efforts to define 9/11 as an epoch making event.  

At Brown, Dr. Eccleston is also affiliated with the Cogut Center's Initiative for Environmental Humanities and the Department of Comparative Literature. Along with Mathias Hanses, Harriet Fertik, and Caroline Stark, she founded a scholarly society dedicated to Africana receptions of Ancient Greek and Roman culture, Eos. She served as its inaugural co-president from 2017-2020. She co-founded the conference series 'Racing the Classics' (I: Princeton University, 2018; II: University of Warwick, 2019; Recitative: Princeton University, 2019) with Dan-el Padilla. She has served on the Society for Classical Studies' Committee on Diversity in the Profession and was a member of the steering committee for the first SCS faculty of color coalition, the Mountaintop Coalition.  She is coediting a special issue of Transactions of the American Philological Association, Race and Racism: Beyond the Spectacular, together with Patrice Rankine.

Dr. Eccleston is especially interested in directing research projects in Classics and allied fields that engage the intersection of race, ethnicity, and gender in Greco-Roman antiquity or in subsequent periods; ecocriticism and materialisms; poetics; the ancient novel and Second Sophistic; and/or  the intersection of moral philosophy and literary form.

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