Kathleen N. Cruz

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Position Title
Assistant Professor of Classics
Undergraduate Advisor

702 Sproul Hall
Office Hours
W23: Tues/Thur 3pm-4pm or by appointment.
In-person, Sproul 702 (Zoom appointments also available)

Education and Degree(s):

  • Ph.D., Classics, Princeton University, 2020
  • M.A., Classics, Princeton University, 2018
  • B.A., Classics and English, minor in Medieval Studies, Cornell University, 2015


Research Interest(s):

  • post-Virgilian imperial Latin literature
  • Greek and Latin epic
  • treatment of the body in Greek and Latin medicine and literature
  • literary depictions of Greco-Roman magic
  • classical reception (especially in medieval Icelandic literature and the Hispanic Caribbean and Latin America)


I work primarily on the evocation of horror and aesthetic manipulation of violence in imperial Latin epic. I am also interested, broadly speaking, in the way insights from cultural fields like ancient medicine and magic can add further nuance to readings of literary texts. My secondary research in classical reception currently explores the way certain literary and political figures demonstrate mastery over the ancient Greco-Roman past in order to reject it in favor of their own cultures. Thanks to some perhaps unexpected twists and turns in my education, both personal and academic, I explore these kinds of questions primarily in medieval Icelandic literature and in the Hispanic Caribbean and Latin America.

If anything here catches your eye - whether it be ancient bodies, magic, or Vikings - or you'd like to chat about the ancient Mediterranean in any fashion, please do say hello!

Recent Publications:

  • “Courtesy for Corpses: Erictho’s Disturbing Decency in Lucan’s Bellum Civile.” The Classical Journal 118.3 (2023): 329-360.   
  •  “Who We Are and What We Owe: Reading Marisela Treviño Orta’s Woman on Fire as a Latine/x Antigone-Story.” The International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Open Access(2022): https://doi.org/10.1007/s12138-022-00625-7