Alison Keith Re-Appointed as Director of the JHI

May 11, 2022 by Sonja Johnston

Dean Melanie Woodin has announced the reappointment of Alison Keith as Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute for another four years (2022-26):

Alison received her BA from the University of Alberta (1983) and completed her MA and PhD at the University of Michigan (1984, 1988). She has taught in the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto since 1988 and holds cross-appointments in the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Women and Gender Studies Institute. She has held visiting fellowships at Clare Hall, Cambridge; Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg; and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

Alison has written extensively about the intersection of gender and genre in Latin literature and Roman society. She has authored and edited or co-edited thirteen books on such varied topics as Ovid and his reception, Vergil and Latin epic, Propertius and Roman literary cultures, Roman dress, motherhood and warfare in antiquity, and the intersection of regimes of gender and ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean.

In the past, Alison has served the Department of Classics as Chair (2007-13) and Acting Chair (2016-17), and the Women and Gender Studies Institute as Acting Director (2007) and Graduate Coordinator (2004-6). She is a past President of the Classical Association of Canada (2010-12) and past Editor of the CAC journal Phoenix (2002-07), and she currently co-edits the Phoenix Supplementary Series (2008- ) and the sub-series Phoenix Studies in Gender (2001- ) for the University of Toronto Press. She was appointed Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute in 2017.

The JHI is grateful for Alison's first five years of visionary and transformative leadership and looks forward to the next four years.