John Rowe Workman Assistant Professor of Classics


An alumna of Brown Classics and Literary Arts, Dr. Eccleston's research often interrogates the relationship between materials, identity, and the politics of (ethnic, racial, geographic, embodied) difference, especially under and in response to large scale sociopolitical shifts. Literature is her primary object of analysis, but her work also includes texts, more broadly construed, visual art, and the built environment.  She is interested in the culture of the Roman Empire and how that culture has functioned in the British Empire, in postcolonial lands, and as part of the United States' imperial ambitions. 

In addition to assorted articles and chapters, two single-authored book projects are underway. Humanizing Speech: Apuleius and the Ethics of Narrating explains the role Apuleius' treatment of the human animal boundary plays in his Middle Platonist narrative ethics. Epic Events analyzes race and the rhetoric of time in instances of post-9/11 American Classical reception. 

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, and served as its inaugural co-president from 2017-2020. She co-founded the international conference series Racing the Classics (I, 2018; II: University of Warwick, 2019; Recitative: 2019) with Dan-el Padilla. She has served on the Society for Classical Studies' Committee on Diversity in the Profession and on the steering committee for the first SCS faculty of color caucus, the Mountaintop Coalition.  She is coediting a special issue of Transactions of the American Philological Association, Race and Racism: Beyond the Spectacular, 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; new materialisms; poetry and poetics; & the ancient novel and Second Sophistic.

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