Miriam Kamil

Curriculum Vitae

November 2021

Harvard University                                                                                                                                                                       
Department of the Classics                                                                                                                                      
204 Boylston Hall                                                                                                                                                             
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

Tel: (617) 495-4027



PhD in Classical Philology                                                                                                                                                                        2022

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Dissertation: “Personification and Emotion in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” Advisor: Richard F. Thomas.


Master of Studies in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature                                                                                                     2015

Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Dissertation: “Narrative Voices and Intertextuality in Ovid’s Heroides 5, 16, and 17”


B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature, Summa cum Laude                                                                                                      2013

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Crime and Justice Minor

Honors thesis: “Sincerity and Satire in the Lesbia Poems of the Catullan Corpus”



Roman poetry, especially epic and elegy

Greek and Roman mythology

Roman cults and festivals

Roman philosophy, especially Stoicism and Epicureanism

Greek tragedy and epic

Latin palaeography and textual transmission

Literary theory

Gender and sexuality



“(In)Human, All Too (In)Human: Ovid’s Tereus and the Vulnerable Body.” In M. L. Haley, A. Abbattista, C. Blanco, G. Savani (eds.), Reassembling the Myth of Tereus from Homer to Ovid. Forthcoming, 2022. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Locus suspectus: The Uncanny Landscape of Invidia's Lair (Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.760–764).” Preternature 10.1 (2021): 70–89.


“Bleeding Trees in Ancient Myth and Modern Deforestation.” Antigone: An open forum for classics, 2021.

“A Classicist Reviews Hadestown.” Eidolon, 2020. Medium.                      

“’I Shall — #$% You And *@$# You’: Grappling With Censorship as a Queer Classicist.” Eidolon, 2019. Medium.  


Head Instructor/Course Designer, Harvard University

Accelerated Introductory Latin, Summer 2021 (one condensed semester)

Accelerated Introductory Latin, Summer 2020 (two condensed semesters)

Accelerated introduction to Ancient Greek, Spring 2020 (two condensed semesters)

Madness in Greek and Latin Literature, Fall 2019 (for juniors preparing to write a senior thesis; readings in translation)


Teaching Fellow (assistant to professor and/or section leader), Harvard University

Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Spring 2021 (advanced language course)

Catullus, Fall 2020 (advanced language course)

The Ancient Greek Hero, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017 (for non-majors; in translation)        

Horace’s Odes, Spring 2019 (advanced language course)

Introductory Latin 2, Spring 2019 (second semester)

Introductory Latin 1, Fall 2018 (first semester)

Classical Mythology, Spring 2018 (for non-majors; in translation)


Remote Support Teaching Fellow (supplementary teaching staff during the COVID-19 pandemic), Harvard University

Poetry as Musical Performance, Spring 2021 (for non-majors; in translation)

The Ancient Greek Hero, Fall 2020 (for non-majors; in translation)

Sappho and Her Reception in the Ancient World, Fall 2020 (for non-majors; in translation)


Undergraduate advisor, Harvard University                                                                              

Senior thesis co-advisor. E. Johns, “An Analysis of the Neural Correlates of Psychosis: From Antiquity to Modern Research.” Fall 2020–Spring 2021

Senior thesis co-advisor. J. Effron, “Monimenta, Octavian, and Aeneas: Mapping Memory in the Development of a Leader.” Fall 2019–Spring 2020

Junior thesis co-advisor. T. Dow, Folk and Myth concentration. Spring 2019



Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2021–2022

Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Spring 2021, Fall 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017

Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates (nominated), Spring 2020

Department selection to lead an independently designed undergraduate seminar course (“Madness in Greek and Latin literature”), Fall 2019

Charles P. Segal Student Travel and Research Grant, Summer 2019, Summer 2018, Summer 2017

Harvard Summer School Tuition Fellowship, Summer 2016

University of Michigan James B. Angell Scholar, 2011–2012


“A Girl of a Future Society: Reading Sappho in Virginia Woolf”                                              2022

13th Celtic Conference in Classics. Panel: (Re)inventing Sappho

Lyon, France. July 15–18.


Locus Suspectus: Uncanny Landscape in Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 8                        2021

International Ovidian Society panel: Ovid and the Constructed Visual Environment

SCS Annual Conference. January 5–10.


“Locus suspectus: Landscape and the Uncanny in Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 5”          2020

Panel: Latin Epic

CAMWS Annual Conference. March 25–28.


“The Ethics of Excerpting in the Classroom”                                                                              2020

Our Voices: A Conference for Inclusive Classics Pedagogy

Columbia University. February 15–16.


“Ovid’s Cecropids and an Attic Aetiology”                                                                                  2019

Center for Hellenic Studies Open House Series 

Washington, DC. November 21.


“Whose Sappho?: How Subversive Receptions of Sappho Transformed the Academy”    2019

Graduate Student Conference

Boston University. November 9.


“Censoring the Classics, Learning from the Classics: Ovid’s Invidia in the Florilegium Gallicum”          2019

Harvard-Yale Conference in Book History

Harvard University. May 2.


“Now You’re Thinking as You Ought: Madness and the Feminized Other in Euripidean tragedy”        2019

Graduate Student Conference                                                                                               

Boston University. March 23.                        


“Censoring Homoeroticism in Sappho and Catullus”                                                             2018

Classics and Contemporary Issues Workshop

Harvard University. November 1.



“Introduction to Virgil in Ovid.” Calder High School, Classics summer program              2021

“General education courses.” Harvard University Classics Department, Introduction to Pedagogy course  2019                             


Member, Classics Pedagogy Working Group                                                                            2021

Academic Facilitator, “Reading Homer with Veterans,” Boston Veterans Center               2021

Facilitator, Eos READS For Black Lives local session                                                                2020

Copyeditor, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology                                                       2018–2020

Tech Assistant, Hedera Project for Greek and Latin Pedagogy                                              2020

Data Manager, Horrea Agrippiana Archeological Dig in Rome                                              2018


Classics and Contemporary Critical Issues                                                                          2018–2019


From Troy to Baghdad: Reading Homer with Veterans. Dartmouth University                       2021

International Summer School in Medieval Palaeography. Università degli studi di Verona  2020

Unabridged: A Master Class in Library Research. Harvard University                                       2020

Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript. Harvard/Yale                                                        2019

Fundamentals of Digital Scholarship. Harvard University                                                           2019


Latin (reading, writing)

Ancient Greek (reading, writing)

Italian (reading, writing, speaking)

German (reading, writing, speaking)

French (reading)

Spanish (reading)


Society of Classical Studies (SCS)

Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS)

Women’s Classical Caucus (WCC)

Lambda Classical Caucus (LCC)

International Ovidian Society (IOS)


References available upon request.