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Shane Hawkins

Associate Professor, Director of the College of the Humanities

Degrees:B.A. (Minnesota), M. Studies (Oxford), M.A. (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Ph.D. (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8143
Office:300 Paterson Hall


I earned degrees at the University of Minnesota (BA, summa cum laude), Oxford (Corpus Christi, MStudies), and UNC-Chapel Hill (MA Classics) where, after a Fulbright stint in Vienna (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Indogermanistik), I completed a PhD in Classical Linguistics. I came to Carleton in 2005. I teach Ancient Greek and Latin courses, classical mythology, Greek literature, Greek civilization, and sometimes Old Persian and Old Norse. Since 2016 I have served as the Director of the College of the Humanities.

Research Interests

My research focuses on issues of historical and comparative Indo-European linguistics, especially in Greek and Latin. I am interested in Greek lyric and invective poetry (esp. Archilochus, Hipponax), in fragments and fragmentation as a concept, and in the poetry of Catullus. In addition to forthcoming projects listed below I am working with students to build a digital edition of Antonius Parthenius’ fifteenth century commentary on Catullus.


2020    co-investigator with Michael Sampson (applicant), SSHRC Connection Grant: Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri Workshop.

2019    Carleton University Experiential Learning Fund: Early Modern Commentaries on Catullus.

2019    I-CUREUS (Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students) for the project: Translating Style in modern English translations of Catullus.

2019    I-CUREUS (Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students) for the project: A 15th century Latin commentary on Catullus: A Text-Encoding Project on Antonius Parthenius.

2018    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Development Award: A Problem-Based Learning Lab for Upper-Year Latin Students.

2016    co-investigator with Richard Mann (applicant), SSHRC Connection Grant: Humanities in a Digitized World.

2014    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award.

Some Publications

(in preparation) Greek Iambic Poetry. Aris & Philips.

(in preparation) with Michael Weiss, Outline of the Historical and Comparative Grammar of Ancient Greek.

2021    Access and Control in the Digital Humanities. Routledge Press.

2013    Studies in the Language of Hipponax. Bremen.

(forthcoming) “Game of Throws: Some Ritual Elements in Hipponax.” In: V. Cazzato and E. Prodi, eds. Framing Hipponax. Cambridge University Press.

2019    “Archilochus 222W and 39W: Allusion and Reception, Hesiod and Catullus.” Philologus 163(2), 16-46.

2018    “Catullus c. 11 and the Iambic Herald.” Paideia: rivista di filologia, ermeneutica e critica letteraria 73, 1605-1616; special issue in honor of Giuseppe G. Biondi, Catullus: models, manuscript tradition, Fortleben.

2018    “Selig wer auch Zeichen gibt: Leibniz as Historical Linguist.” The European Legacy 23(5), 510-521.

2015    “The Indo-European Historical Background.” In Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Georgios Giannakis et al. eds., Brill.

2014    “Catullus c. 60: Lesbia, Medea, Clodia, Scylla.” American Journal of Philology 135(4), 559-598.

2012    “A Linguistic Analysis of the Vase Inscriptions of Sophilos.” Glotta 88, 122-165.

2012    “The Oscanism salaputium in Catullus 53.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142(2), 329–353.

2011    “Catullus’ Furius.” Classical Philology 106(3), 254-260.