Emma Dench

Emma Dench

McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics
Emma Dench

Emma Dench was born in York, grew up near Stratford-Upon-Avon, and studied at Wadham College, Oxford (BA Hons Literae Humaniores 1987) and at St. Hugh's College, Oxford (DPhil in Ancient History 1993). Before taking up a joint appointment in the Departments of the Classics and of History at Harvard in January 2007, she taught classics and ancient history at Birkbeck College, University of London (1992–2006). She has been a Craven Fellow at the University of Oxford (1989–91), a Rome Scholar (1991–92) and a Hugh Last Fellow (1996) at the British School of Rome, a Cotton Fellow (1997–98), a Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2002–03), and a Visiting Professor of the Classics and of History at Harvard (2005–06), and a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellow (2011–12). She will deliver the Gray Lectures at the University of Cambridge in May 2016.

Emma Dench is the author of From Barbarians to New Men: Greek, Roman, and Modern Perceptions of Peoples from the Central Apennines (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1995) andRomulus' Asylum: Roman Identities from the Age of Alexander to the Age of Hadrian (Oxford University Press, 2005). She is currently completing Imperialism and Culture in the Roman World for the Cambridge University Press series Key Themes in Ancient History. Other current projects include a study of the retrospective writing of the Roman Republican past in classical antiquity.

While at Harvard, Emma Dench has been the recipient of a Harvard College Professorship for 2010–15 (recognizing "outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching, mentoring and advising"), a Marquand Award for Excellent Advising and Counseling (2008), and an Everett Mendelsohn Award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students (2015). This year (2015–16), she is Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where she is co-teaching a second-year elective MBA course, "All Roads Lead to Rome: Leadership Lessons from Antiquity," with Professor Frances Frei.

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Boylston Hall
Room 224
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-1956

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