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John H. Starks

Associate Professor

Classical and Near Eastern Studies


  • BA, Washington and Lee University
  • MA, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman Drama, Especially Comedy
  • Non-Western Ethnicity in the Classical World
  • Greek and Latin Epigraphy
  • Roman Historiography and Classical Biography
  • Latin Rhetoric and Oratory

Teaching Interests

  • Race & Ethnicity in Ancient North Africa
  • The 'Other' in Latin Comedy
  • 'Africans' in Latin History & Epic
  • Greek Historians on Barbarity & 'Medizing' (Persian ethnic observations)


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2014-2015