Credentials: Princeton University, PhD'23
Position title: Assistant Professor
914 Van Hise Hall
Latin literature, especially poetry and agronomy; ancient slavery; Roman cultural and social history; Hellenistic poetry; gender and sexuality; history of scholarship
Katie Dennis’ research focuses on Latin literature and Roman social history through a materialist lens: her work analyzes texts in light of the intersecting power structures underlying the societies that produced them. She is currently completing a monograph based on her 2022 dissertation, Songs of Subjection: Slavery and Vergil’s Eclogues, which reads Vergilian pastoral alongside a variety of forms of evidence to show how it is shaped by—or often mystifies—the institution of Roman agricultural slavery. A forthcoming journal special issue, co-edited with Erika Valdivieso(Yale), considers Vergil’s Georgics along similar lines, with contributions reflecting on whether and how the Georgics and texts that adapt it are shaped by a poetics of slavery.