Assistant Professor, Department of Classics
Areas of Expertise
- ancient political thought (especially Roman and Greek)
- Black Classicisms
Harriet Fertik (she/her) is a scholar of ancient political thought and its receptions, especially in the work of Black American writers. She co-edited and contributed to Above the Veil: Revisiting the Classicism of W. E. B. Du Bois, a special issue of the International Journal of the Classical Tradition (2019). Recent and forthcoming publications include an essay on women and enslaved nurses in Tacitus' Dialogus and a study of "women's work" and political participation in Aristotle, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Anna Julia Cooper. She is one of the founders of Eos, a society dedicated to Africana receptions of ancient Greece and Rome, and serves on its executive committee. She also co-organized the interdisciplinary conference "Mother's Milk: Breastfeeding from Metaphor to Practice."