The Department of Classics is delighted to announce that Sarah Derbew and Hans Bork will join our faculty. Welcome to Stanford!
Sarah Derbew is a Ph.D. candidate in Classics at Yale University. Her dissertation, entitled “The Metatheater of Blackness: Looking at and through Black Skin Color in Ancient Greek Literature and Art,” presents an interconnected argument about the capacity for critical and self-reflexive theorizations of race and cultural identity in the “Greek” Mediterranean from the fifth century BCE to the third century CE. Sarah will spend the next two years at Harvard's Society of Fellows and then join us in autumn of 2020.
Hans Bork is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at UCLA, where he is in the final stages of a dissertation project on the sociolinguistic and performative aspects of insult language in Plautus. Hans is broadly interested in the intersection of language and social identity, as well as jokes and humor, which naturally leads to a specific interest in Roman comedy and other Early Latin literature. Other interests include Italic dialects, non-standard Latin texts, and Indo-European linguistics.