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Rebecca Futo Kennedy

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Rebecca Futo Kennedy is Associate Professor of Classics, Women's and Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies at Denison University;[1] and the Director of the Denison Museum.[2] Her research focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of Classical Athens, Athenian tragedy, ancient immigration, ancient theories of race and ethnicity, and the reception of those theories in modern race science.[1]


Rebecca Futo Kennedy at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Rebecca Futo Kennedy at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Kennedy completed her BA in Classical Studies at the University of California, San Diego in 1997 and PhD at the Ohio State University in 2003, with a thesis entitled 'Athena/Athens on Stage: Athena in the Tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles'.[3][4]

Since 2009, she has taught at Denison University, first as an Assistant Professor (2009-2015) and now as an Associate Professor (2015–present); and previously held appointments at Union College (2008-9), the George Washington University (2005-8), and Howard University (2003-5).[5] In 2019, Kennedy was teaching a wide range of courses on the ancient world, including both Greek and Latin language, Greek and Roman history and politics, ancient drama, and ancient identities.[1]

In 2016 Kennedy became the Director of the Denison Museum, a teaching museum which enhances the University's curriculum using cultural heritage materials and artworks.[6]

Research publications

Kennedy is the author of two monographs, the first on 'Athena's Justice: Athena, Athens, and the Concept of Justice in Greek Tragedy';[7] and the second on 'Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City'.[8][9][10]

Her current project, commissioned and under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press, is a book on race in classical antiquity and its contemporary legacy.[11]

Kennedy is also the editor or co-editor of the following volumes, handbooks, and translations:

  • 'Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources' (Hackett, 2013), co-edited with C.S. Roy and M.L. Goldham.[12][13]
  • 'The Routledge Handbook to Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds' (Routledge, 2016), co-edited with Molly Jones-Lewis.[14]
  • 'Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus' (Brill, 2017).[15][16]
  • 'Ancient Greek and Roman Women: An Anthology of Primary Sources' (Hackett, in progress), co-editor, co-author, and translator with M.L. Goldham.[11]

Kennedy's research has been cited in The New Yorker, in an article on 'The Myth of Classical Whiteness', by Margaret Talbot.[17]

Public engagement and media

Alongside her research and teaching, Kennedy also writes and publishes widely in non-traditional formats, including her personal blog entitled 'Classics at the Intersections'.[1] This blog is described by Kennedy herself as 'random thoughts of a Classicist on ancient Greek and Roman culture and contemporary America'.[18]

Other publications and media appearances of this kind included:

  • “We Condone it by Our Silence: Confronting Classics’ Complicity in White Supremacy”, Eidolon, 2017.[19]
  • “Why I Teach About Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World”, Eidolon, 2017.[20]
  • “Addressing Harassment in Academia at the SCS in Boston”, Society for Classical Studies Blog, 2018.[21]
  • "A Day in the Life of a Classicist and Museum Director", Society for Classical Studies Blog, 2018.[22]
  • Special Guest Episode on 'The History of Ancient Greece' podcast, discussing Race and Ethnicity in antiquity, 2018.[2]
  • Interviewed for episodes of 'The Endless Knot' podcast (hosted by Mark Sundaram and Aven McMaster) on "Race and Racism in Ancient and Medieval Studies, Part 1: The Problem" and "Part 2: The Response", 2018.[23][24]
  • Interviewed for "Classics Confidential Shorts!" with Elton Barker of the Open University, discussing work in progress on race and ethnicity and classics, 2019.[25]
  • Interview with Itinera Podcast on how I became a classicist, being a first gen in academia, and issues of race/ethnicity in the ancient world.[26]

Kennedy was also a 'talking head' contributor to the History Channel's series Clash of the Gods (2009), in the episodes "Minotaur", "Hercules", and "Medusa".[27]


  1. ^ a b c "Rebecca Futo Kennedy". Denison University. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  2. ^ "Contacts". Denison University. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  3. ^ Jones, Charles (2013-07-08). "AWOL - The Ancient World Online: OhioLINK ETD Center (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)". AWOL - The Ancient World Online. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  4. ^ "Rebecca Futo Kennedy". Denison University. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  5. ^ "Rebecca Futo Kennedy CV" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Denison Museum". Denison University. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  7. ^ "Athena's Justice". 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  8. ^ "Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City, 1st Edition (Paperback) - Routledge". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  9. ^ "Review of 'Immigrant Women in Athens'" (PDF).
  10. ^ "SEHEPUNKTE - Rezension von: Immigrant Women in Athens - Ausgabe 15 (2015), Nr. 9". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  11. ^ a b "RebeccaFutoKennedy - Research". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  12. ^ "Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World".
  13. ^ "BMCR review - Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World".
  14. ^ The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds. Routledge Handbooks Online. 2015-12-07. doi:10.4324/9781315686622. ISBN 9780415738057.
  15. ^ Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus. BRILL. 2017-09-25. ISBN 9789004348820.
  16. ^ "BMCR Review - Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus".
  17. ^ Talbot, Margaret (2018-10-22). "The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  18. ^ "Classics at the Intersections". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  19. ^ Kennedy, Rebecca Futo (2017-05-11). "We Condone It by Our Silence". EIDOLON. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  20. ^ Kennedy, Rebecca Futo (2017-09-11). "Why I Teach About Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World". EIDOLON. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  21. ^ Kennedy, Rebecca Futo (2018-02-07). "Blog: Addressing Harassment in Academia at the SCS in Boston". Society for Classical Studies. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  22. ^ Lushkov, Ayelet Haimson (2018-09-13). "Blog: A Day in the Life of a Classicist and Museum Director". Society for Classical Studies. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  23. ^ "Episode 51: Race & Racism in Ancient & Medieval Studies, Part One: the Problem". The Endless Knot. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  24. ^ "Episode 52: Race & Racism in Ancient & Medieval Studies, Part Two: Responses". The Endless Knot. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  25. ^ "CC Shorts 1: Rebecca Futo Kennedy". Classics Confidential. 2019-01-25. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  26. ^ "Itinera Podcast: Episode 19 - Rebecca Futo Kennedy". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  27. ^ "Rebecca Futo Kennedy CV" (PDF).
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