Faculty Bio

J. Bert Lott

Professor of Greek and Roman Studies

Bert Lott has taught at Vassar since 1997. Bert earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. At Vassar, in addition to Classics and Greek and Roman Studies, he was a founding member of Media Studies and has served on the steering committees of Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Environmental Studies.

As an historian of ancient Rome, Bert works on the political, social, and religious changes associated with the beginnings of the monarchical Roman Empire and the development of the “epigraphic habit” of publicly displaying significant texts on stone and bronze. He is the author of two books published by Cambridge University Press, The Neighborhoods of Augustan Rome (2004) and Death and Dynasty in Early Imperial Rome (2012) as well as numerous articles. Bert has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE).

In addition to serving as Chair of Greek and Roman Studies, Bert is Chair of the Faculty Policy and Conference Committee.  He has also been Director of the Media Studies Institute and Chair of Vassar’s House Fellows. Bert is  active in exploring digital humanities and the use of new technologies for teaching and has served on the program committees for Educause and the Seminars for Academic Computing and was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute. In 2007 Bert received an American Council on Education Fellowship for leadership development in higher education.