Joe MacDonald

PhD program

My primary research interest consists in exploring the intersection of poetics and philosophy within the tragic corpus of Seneca. More broadly, I focus on the relationship between past narrative and present self-construction across all genres and time-periods. Thus, my work incorporates a variety of disciplines, from Ancient Philosophy to Narratology, and a variety of authors, from Ovid to Baudrillard.  

Innovative approaches to classical pedagogy are also rather close to my heart, thus I devote significant time and energy to exploring how the discipline might captivate students in a 21st century classroom.


MA, Classics, Washington University in St. Louis

BA, Classics, Middlebury College

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