Samuel J. Huskey, Associate Professor and Chair, is a Joseph Paxton Presidential Professor. His research interests include Latin poetry (particularly Ovid's exile poetry), textual criticism, and digital humanities. His current projects include a translation of Boccaccio's Latin poetry for Harvard University Press' I Tatti Renaissance Library and the development of a comprehensive digital working space for editors of Latin texts. He teaches advanced Latin courses, Introduction to Classical Studies, Classical Mythology, and a number of courses on Greek and Roman literature.  More…

Email: huskey@ou.edu | Phone: 325-0490 | Office: CARN 109 | Full CV

Classics & Letters

Sara Coodin, Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters, received her Ph.D. in English Literature from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) in 2011, where she focused on Shakespearean drama and its relationship to Classical virtue ethics. Dr. Coodin continues to publish on Classical philosophy’s importance to thought and action in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as Classicism and Christian Hebraism in Renaissance England. Her recent publications include the book chapters “‘This was a way to thrive’: Christian and Jewish Eudaimonism in The Merchant of Venice” in The Renaissance of Emotion, ed. Erin Sullivan and Richard Meek (Manchester UP, 2014); and (with Michael Bristol) “Well-Won Thrift” in Shakespeare’s World of Words, ed. Paul Yachnin (Arden, 2014); as well as “Fiction, Emotion, and Moral Agency” in Shakespeare Studies vol. 40 (2012). Currently, Dr. Coodin is completing a book-length study of Shylock’s moral agency that focuses on his use of Biblical citation in The Merchant of Venice. She regularly teaches Classics and Letters course that address the long afterlife of Classical words, ideas, figures.

Dr. Coodin is an affiliated faculty member of the English Department and the Judaic Studies Programme.

Email: coodin@ou.edu | Phone: 325-6921 | Office: CARN 116 | Full CV

Ellen Greene, Joseph Paxton Presidential Professor of Classics and Letters. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1992. Greene's published books include: The Erotics of Domination: Male Desire and the Mistress in Latin Poetry, Reading Sappho, Re-Reading Sappho, Women Poets in Ancient Greece and Rome, Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry (with Ronnie Ancona), and The New Sappho on Old Age. She is currently working on a study of Sappho for Blackwell. Greene teaches courses on Greek and Latin poetry, Greek drama, and Virgil and Dante. More…

Email: egreene@ou.edu | Phone: 325-6921 | Office: CARN 105 | Full CV

 Kyle Harper, Professor, Senior Vice President and Provost, Kyle Harper is a historian of the classical world. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Letters from OU and then received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2007. A revised version of his dissertation was published by Cambridge University Press as Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425. The book was awarded the James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association and the Outstanding Publication Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. More…

 Email: kyleharper@ou.edu | Phone: 325-4063 | Office: CARN 215 | Full CV

 Rebecca Huskey, Associate Professor, has a background in 19th and 20th Century European thought, with a concentration in ethics and theology. Her scholarship includes a book on Paul Ricoeur's concept of hope and articles and presentations on religious imagery in poetry and fiction and the intersections of religion and literature. She is currently working on an extended study of the poetry and fiction of the Native American writer Sherman Alexie.

Email: rhuskey@ou.edu | Phone:325-6921 | Office: CARN 118 | Full CV

Scott Johnson, Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters, received his D.Phil. in Classics from the University of Oxford in 2005. He has been a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows (2004–07), a Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (2009–10), a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress (2010–11), and Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellow in Byzantine Greek at Georgetown University (2011–2015). He recently published a book on Greek and multilingualism in eastern Christianity (Ashgate, 2015), and his book entitled Literary Territories: Cartographical Thinking in Late Antiquity will appear from Oxford University Press in 2016. He is the author of The Life and Miracles of Thekla: A Literary Study (Center for Hellenic Studies & Harvard University Press, 2006) as well as of numerous articles, including ones in Dumbarton Oaks Papers (2010) and the Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity (2012), of which he was sole editor. He also edited the volume Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: Dynamism, Didacticism, Classicism (Ashgate, 2006), and his translation of the fifth-century Miracles of Thekla appeared as part of a volume entitled Miracle Tales from Byzantium (with Alice-Mary Talbot) in the new Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Harvard University Press, 2012). He has also published a small study with text and translation of the Syriac poet Jacob of Sarug's verse-homily on the Sinful Woman (Gorgias Press, 2013).

Email: sfj@ou.edu | Phone:325-6921 | Office: CARN 119 | Full CV

Craig M. Russell, Assitant Professor of Classics and Letters. I received my BA from the University of Oregon and PhD from UCLA. I'm interested in pretty much all Greek and Roman literature, but especially epic poetry. Right now I am working on multiple projects on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; one I'm particularly excited about examines the epic poems were originally performed at Greek festivals — the costumes, the music, the props, the performers. I have also published on gender and sexuality in the Achilleid, an unfinished and mostly forgotten Roman epic about Achilles. Here at OU I'm excited to have the chance to teach Greek and Latin language classes (especially Homer — but if there's a Greek or Latin author you want taught, let me know!) and bigger lecture classes on topics like Greek mythology.

Email: cmrussell@ou.edu | Phone:325-6921 | Office: CARN 117 | Full CV

Farland Stanley, Professor of Classics and Archaeology and a Gusi Peace Prize Laureate in archaeology and teaching (Manila: 2007). Over a twenty year period he has developed numerous excavation projects in the Mediterranean world among which have been projects in Israel and Italy. He currently cooperates with the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Archaeology Project at Pompeii and Stabiae in Italy. He came to the University in 1985 and has developed 24 courses. He currently teaches courses relating to Roman and Greek art and archaeology, the ancient city of Rome, and Roman culture. His publications and research relate to his archaeological projects and studies in Israel, Portugal, Spain, and Italy. He is a contributor to the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Princeton Univ. Press, 2000) and his current research gives focus to Roman archaeology and excavation projects, urban Rome, Roman Portugal and Roman society. More…

Email: fstanley@ou.edu | Phone: 325-6921 | Office: CARN 121 | Full CV

Charles (Ben) Watson is an Assistant Professor of Classics. As a classical philologist, he focuses on Cicero, ancient rhetoric, and Roman law, and has broad research interests in Latin and Greek prose. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, all in Classical Languages and Literature. He has written the first scholarly commentary on Cicero’s Divinatio in Caecilium (the first speech in the Verrine corpus), and has provided several reviews for The Classical Review and The Bryn Mawr Classical Review on ancient rhetoric and Ciceronian studies. He currently researches innovative ways to analyze persuasive discourse in the ancient world. Forthcoming scholarship in this area includes an article on strategic ambiguity and another on temporal perception in forensic narratives.

Prior to joining the faculty at OU, he was a lecturer at Oriel College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lawrence University, where he learned to appreciate English cricket and Packer football, respectively.

Email: cbwatson@ou.edu | Phone: 325-6921 | Office: CARN 120 | Full CV

Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage 

Kevin Butterfield is Director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and Associate Professor of Classics and Letters. I am a historian of the political and legal culture of the early American republic. In my first book, I explored the law and practice of voluntary association in the sixty or so years following the American Revolution. In groups ranging from moral reform societies to reading clubs to labor unions, ordinary men and women gained experience in constitutional self-government, and they did so in ways that emphasized the vast importance of the rule of law, in all aspects of American society. I am now working on a history of the Anti-Masonic movement in the 1820s and 1830s. 


The Making of Tocqueville’s America: Law and Association in the Early United States (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

 Email: butterfield@ou.edu | Phone: 325-4063 | Office: CARN 210 | Full CV

 Wilfred M. McClay, Professor, is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty. His book, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Among his other books are The Student’s Guide to U.S. History, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past and the forthcoming Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America. A recipient of many teaching awards and honors, he has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Academy of Education. His research interests focus on the intellectual and cultural history of the United States, with particular attention to the social and political thought of the 19th and 20th centuries; the history of American religious thought and institutions; and the theory and practice of biographical writing.

Andrew Porwancher, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Cambridge, A.M. Brown, B.A. Northwestern, summa cum laude) is a core faculty member of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage. He is the author of The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2016) and John Henry Wigmore and the Rules of Evidence: The Hidden Origins of Modern Law (University of Missouri Press, 2016), which appeared as an inaugural book of the series "Studies in Constitutional Democracy." Dr. Porwancher has published articles in the Journal of Supreme Court History, History of Education, Journalism History, Paedagogica Historica, and American Educational History Journal. He is currently at work on a book entitled, The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton's Hidden Life (under contract with Harvard University Press). In 2013-2014, he served as the Alistair Horne Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Email: porwancher@ou.edu | Phone: 325-2234 | Office: CARN 219 | Full CV

Kathryn Schumaker, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. A specialist in twentieth century United States history, Schumaker teaches courses on gender, race, and social movements in the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage. Her research interests include legal, African American, and urban history and the history of childhood and youth. Her current book project is a history of the development of secondary students’ constitutional and civil rights, which is tentatively titled "Civil Rights at the Schoolhouse Gate: Student Protest and the Struggle for Racial Reform.” Dr. Schumaker is currently a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow and will be on leave during the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Email: schumaker@ou.edu | Phone: 325-2030 | Office: CARN 213 | Full CV


In Memory of 

J. Rufus Fears, was David Ross Boyd Professor of Classics and the G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty. His many awards for teaching include being chosen Professor of the Year on three occasions by students at the University of Oklahoma, the Medal for Excellence in College and University Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Great Plains Region Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the UCEA's National Award for Teaching Excellence. Full CV.

Professor Fears passed away on October 7, 2012. Read about him on our memorial page.