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Professor of Classical Studies, Brandeis University

Joel Christensen is Professor and Chair in the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University. He taught previously at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2007-2016). He received his BA and MA from Brandeis (’01) in Classics and English and his PhD in Classics from New York University (2007) where he also received an Advanced Certificate in Poetics and Theory.

Professor Christensen has been a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (2013) and has received the Society for Classical Studies’ Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Collegiate Level (2013). In addition to articles on language, myth and literature in the Homeric epics, he has published a "Beginner’s Guide to Homer" (One World, 2013) and also a "Homer’s Thebes" (CHS, 2019) with Elton T. E. Barker as well as "A Commentary on the Homeric Battle of Frogs and Mice" (Bloomsbury, 2018) with Erik Robinson. In 2020, he published "The Many-Minded Man: the Odyssey, Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic" with Cornell University Press.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Brandeis University