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Senior Fellows

Appointed for approximately five years, the senior fellows are leading scholars in major subdisciplines of the study of Ancient Greece, such as archaeology, epigraphy, history, literary criticism, philology, and philosophy. The senior fellows form the committee that selects CHS Fellows in Hellenic Studies.

For a chronological list of previous Senior Fellows, click here.

Danielle Allen (2016-2021) is Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and professor in Harvard’s Department of Government and Graduate School of Education. She is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), and Education and Equality (University of Chicago Press, 2016). She is the co-editor of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (2015, with Jennifer Light). She is a Chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, past Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Philosophical Society.    

Douglas Frame (2012-2017) is the past Associate Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1971 and served as Associate Director of the CHS from 2000-2012. His publications include The Myth of Return in Early Greek Epic (1978) and Hippota Nestor (2009). 

Richard Martin (2012-2022) teaches Greek and Latin literature at Stanford, as the Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics. Before taking up his chair at Stanford in 2000, Professor Martin taught Classics for eighteen years at Princeton University. He was the Chair of the Classics department at Stanford from 2002 through 2008. He is currently working on two books concerning Homer: the first, Rhapsoidia, examines how performance habits within oral tradition shaped the works attributed to Homer, Hesiod, and other poets. A second book in progress, The Last Hero Song: Telemachus and the Generation of the Odyssey, is about the self-consciousness of the Odyssey in terms of the end of a tradition. Martin is also finishing a volume on the performance of Greek poetry as represented in myth and art, as well as editing a collection of essays on the analysis of Greek myth. He is embarking on a study of Homeric theology and poetics. Previous projects include a full-scale multimedia version of the Odyssey on CD (in connection with distance learning experiments) and fieldwork in Crete centered on modern oral poetry (now being edited for a documentary DVD).

Nikolaos Papazarkadas (2014-2019) is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Chair of the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy. He specializes in Greek history and epigraphy and has published extensively on inscriptions from Athens, Boeotia, and the Cyclades. He is currently one of the four senior editors of the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum. His monograph Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens was published in 2011. Besides, he has co-edited the volumes Interpreting the Athenian Empire (with J. Ma and R. Parker, London: Duckworth 2009); ATTIKA EPIGRAPHIKA: Studies in Honor of Christian Habicht (with A. A. Themos, Athens: Greek Epigraphic Society 2009), and Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-Classical Polis: 4th Century B.C. — 2nd Century A.D. (with P. Martzavou, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013). More recently, he published the proceedings of the 2011 Berkeley International Epigraphy Symposium The Epigraphy and History of Boeotia: New Finds, New Prospects (Leiden & Boston: Brill 2014).

Gloria Ferrari Pinney (2016-2021) is professor emerita of classical archaeology and art at Harvard University, where she taught from 1998 to 2003. She was previously a member of the faculty at Wilson College and at Bryn Mawr College, serving as the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Professor of Classical Studies from 1990 to 1993. In 1993 she moved to the University of Chicago. She has written on Roman art and ancient Greek art and poetry. Her 2003 monograph, Figures of Speech: Men and Maidens in Ancient Greece was awarded the 2004 Wiseman Book Award by the Archaeological Institute of America. Her last book, Alcman and the Cosmos of Sparta (2008) is a study of one of the earliest lyric songs and its attendant imagery. These books are representative of recent interests, which have focused on the interpretation of images, the construction of genders, and broadly on the intersection of texts and monuments. Her current research deals with visual and literary representations of geography and with the issue of continuities from the Aegean Bronze Age into the Iron Age. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Mark Schiefsky (2013-2018) took his Ph.D. degree in Classical Philosophy from Harvard University in 1999. He joined the faculty in June 2000 and has been a full professor in the Department since July 2007. His research interests are centered on the history of philosophy and science in the Greco-Roman world, especially medicine and mechanics. His publications include a commentary on the Hippocratic treatise On Ancient Medicine (Brill 2005), along with several articles on ancient medicine, mechanics, and mathematics. A further major concern of Professor Schiefsky's research is the application of information technology in humanistic scholarship, especially the history of science. From 2001-2004 he was the Principal Investigator of the Archimedes Project, an international initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to create a digital library for the history of mechanics and mechanical technology in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Laura M. Slatkin (2011-2021) is a Professor of Classical Studies at New York University’s Gallatin School and Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Yale University, and Columbia University.  Her research and teaching interests include early Greek epic; wisdom traditions in classical and Near Eastern antiquity; and the reception of Homer. She has published articles on Greek epic and drama and most recently on "British Romantic Homer";  The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays was published by the CHS in 2011.  She has served as the editor in chief of Classical Philology, and coedited Histories of Post-War French Thought, Volume 2: Antiquities (with G. Nagy and N. Loraux, New Press, 2001).  She is currently collaborating on a study of the reception of Homer in British romantic poetry.