Rachel Love joined the Department of the Classics at Harvard after completing her doctorate at Yale University in 2019 and her B.A. at Tulane University in 2013. Her research is primarily focused on Imperial Latin prose, specifically historiography, epitome, and other forms of 'sub-literary' writing. Within this area, she is particularly interested in the legacy and influence of Republican writing forms on the literature of the Empire.
She is currently working on a book entitled Writing after Livy, which explores the culture of historiographical epitome in Latin literature from the 1st to 5th centuries CE. The book argues that epitomes, which have long been treated as aberrant symptoms of decline within Latin literature, are instead creative works of history that are integral to the character of Roman historiography. She has further interest and ongoing projects in the fields of early modern reception, ethics of reading and Roman reading cultures, and literary fragments and theories of fragmentation.