Kerry Christensen

Garfield Professor of Ancient Languages
Hollander Hall Rm 156


B.A. Swarthmore College (1981)
M.A. Princeton University (1983)
Ph.D. Princeton University, Classics (1993)

Areas of Expertise

  • Greek social and political history
  • Greek and Roman civic identity
  • Ancient historiography
  • Greek cult and ritual

Professor Christensen’s research incorporates into her study of ancient Greek history models and insights from anthropology and cultural and linguistic theory. She is particularly interested in how responses to crisis helped shape or alter civic, social and religious institutions. Her current research includes an article on the concept of ktema and ktemata in Athenian thought and another on the iconography of an eye-cup by Kodros.


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

CLGR 101(F)

Introduction to Greek

CLGR 102(S)

Introduction to Greek

CLAS 223 / HIST 223

Roman History

LEAD 323 / CLAS 323 / HIST 323

Leadership, Government, and the Governed in Ancient Greece

CLLA 405

Livy and Tacitus: Myth, Scandal, and Morality in Ancient Rome

CLGR 407

Rhetoric and Democracy: the Greek Orators

CLGR 414(F)


Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Scholarship

  • Review of Thucydides’ War Narrative. A Structural Study, by Carolyn Dewald. NECJ 30.3 (2007)
  • “The Theseion: a Slave Refuge at Athens.” American Journal of Ancient History 9 (1988/1984)
  • “Solon’s Mania: Forms of Public Discourse in Archaic Athens.” Bryn Mawr Classics Colloquia, 1987-88. Bryn Mawr College
  • “Kleisthenes, Ajax, and the Athenian Incorporation of Salamis.” 1994 APA/AIA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • “Ajax, Salamis, and Kleisthenes’ Political Reforms at Athens.” In progress.
  • Athens and the Conquest of Salamis: Crisis, Competition and Innovation in the Saronic Gulf. In progress.

Professional Affiliations

Society for Classical Studies

Association of Ancient Historians

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Current Committees

  • Information Technology