Dr. Heather Waddell

Chair/Associate Professor, Greek and Roman Studies; Chair, Philosophy Greek and Roman Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Philosophy


B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, cum laude, Latin and philosophy, minor in Greek
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Research Interests 

Greek rhetorical education, ancient gender and sexuality, Greek and Roman drama, Greek lyric poetry

Academic and Scholarly Achievements


Papers & Lectures

“Punks and Antiquity: Reflections of a Wannabe Archaeologist,” Punk Archaeology

“Enduring Stereotypes:  Rhetorical Education and the ‘Problem’ of Marriage,” Journal of Late Antiquity 3.2 (Fall 2010):  286-299. 

Book review of Robert J. Penella, Rhetorical Exercises from Late Antiquity:  A Translation of Choricius of Gaza’s Preliminary Talks and Declamations (Cambridge 2009), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (October 2010).

Enduring Stereotypes:  Declamation and the “Problem” of Marriage APA Annual Meeting 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Desperate Housewives and the Legal Implications of Fantasizing About the Help CAMWS 2008, Tucson, Arizona 

“Don’t Trust a Woman, Even When She’s Dead,” and Other Fine Schoolboy Maxims CAMWS 2007, Cincinnati, Ohio

Stasis Theory and Female Characterization in Greek Declamation CAMWS 2006, Gainesville, Florida

Wife Swapping and Cat Fights:  Domestic Issues in Greek Declamation CAMWS 2005, Madison, Wisconsin

Catullus’ Hymn to Lesbia?  A Re-evaluation of c. 34 CAMWS 2004, St. Louis, Missouri

Orb-People and Winged Souls:  Aristophanes’ Speech and its Influence on the Phaedrus International Society of Neo-Platonic Studies, June 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Struggle Within: A Narratological Approach to Lucan and the Issue of Believability APA Annual Meeting 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana

Unity through the agonin Euripides’ Hekabe CAMWS 2001, Provo, Utah


Dr. Heather Waddell

Chair/Associate Professor, Greek and Roman Studies; Chair, Philosophy Bishop Whipple – 154