Faculty Bio

Rachel D. Friedman

Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and Chair of Greek and Roman Studies

Rachel D. Friedman started teaching at Vassar in 1997 after receiving her Ph. D. in Classics from Columbia University and her B.A. from Barnard College. She is a Hellenist who specializes in the literature of the Archaic and Classical periods and has published articles on Homer, Herodotus, and Euripides. More recently she has been focusing on post-colonial appropriations of Classical Greek texts and has explored this interest in articles on Michael Ondaatje and Derek Walcott. Her book, H/Omeros: Walcott and Homer, Homer and Walcott, is under contract with Oxford University Press. In addition to courses in Greek and Roman Studies, she also teaches in the College Course and in the programs in Jewish Studies, Africana Studies, and Media Studies.