Sarah Derbew received her PhD in Classics from Yale University and was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. At Stanford, she is affiliated with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
Her research focuses on the literary and artistic representations of black people in ancient Greece. The genres she investigates include ancient Greek tragedy, historiography, satire, and the novel. She also examines artistic renderings of black people in Greek antiquity, focusing on both the objects themselves and the museums in which they are displayed. Her interests extend to the twenty-first century; she has written about the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in Africa and the African diaspora. She warmly welcomes students interested in any of these topics to her courses and to the Classics department.
She is currently working on her first book, provisionally titled Decolonizing Blackness in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge University Press), in which she uses critical race theory and performance theory to untangle ancient formulations of blackness.