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Rachel Ahern Knudsen

Rachel Ahern Knudsen

Lecturer, Santa Clara University
Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma (2009-2013)
PhD Classical Literature, 2009, Stanford
AB in Classics, Harvard University
M.St. Classical Languages and Literature, Oxford University

Rachel Ahern Knudsen received her PhD in June 2009 and took up a tenure-track position in Classics at the University of Oklahoma the following fall. Her dissertation examined Homeric speech and the origins of rhetoric and was advised by Richard Martin, Natasha Peponi, and Andrea Nightingale.  In 2013, Rachel left her position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, and took up a position as a Lecturer in Classics at Santa Clara University, where she is at present.  Rachel teaches courses on ancient Greek and Latin literature, language, and mythology. Most recently, Rachel was awarded the Gildersleeve Prize for the Best Article Published in the AJP in 2012, for her contribution to scholarship in, "Poetic Speakers, Sophistic Words."  In this, she presents and studies four showpieces of sophistic rhetoric as a literary and educational experiment that sheds light on a fascinating cultural moment in which poetic, forensic, and philosophic discourses were beginning to crystallize in their classical forms.