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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


My academic peregrinations took me from the University of Minnesota (BA summa) to Oxford (Corpus Christi, MStudies), and then to UNC Chapel Hill where, after a Fulbright stint in Vienna (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Indogermanistik), I completed my PhD in Classical Linguistics. My research focuses on ancient Greek literature and issues of historical and comparative linguistics in Greek and Latin literature. I am especially interested in Hipponax and have recently been thinking a lot about Catullus.

Research Interests

Ancient Greek Literature, Historical and Comparative Linguistics (Indo-European)


CLCV 1004 Elementary Language Tutorial I (F)
CLCV 1005 Elementary Language Tutorial II (W)
CLCV 4900 Directed Readings and Research (F/W)
HUMS 4001 Directed Studies in Humanities (F/W)
LATN 3901 Advanced Latin II (W)
LATN 4901 Directed Study (W)


2018    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Development Award
2016    SSHRC Connection Grant (with Richard Mann): “Humanities in a Digitized World”
2014    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award



Studies in the Language of Hipponax, Hempen Verlag, 2013.

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


  • (forthcoming) “Catullus c. 11 and the Iambic Herald.”
  • (forthcoming) “Game of Throws: Some Ritual Elements in Hipponax.”
  • Selig wer auch Zeichen gibt: Leibniz as Historical Linguist” forthcoming in The European Legacy.
  • “Archilochus 222W and 39W: Allusion and Reception, Hesiod and Catullus,” forthcoming in Philologus.
  • “Catullus 60: Lesbia, Medea, Clodia, Scylla,” American Journal of Philology 135.4 (2014) 559-598.
  • “The Oscanism salaputium in Catullus 53,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142.2 (2012) 329-353.
  • “A Linguistic Analysis of the Vase Inscriptions of Sophilos,” Glotta 88 (2012) 122-165.
  • “Catullus’ Furius,” Classical Philology 106.3 (2011) 254-260.
  • “Greek and Anatolian Languages in the Archaic and Classical Ages,” in A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language, ed. Egbert Bakker, 213-227. Wiley Blackwell, 2010.
  • “IvE 106: oreioguadon kai enedras,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 162 (2007) 117-124.
  • “Variation in the organization of medical terms: Exploring some motivations for term choice,” (co-authored with Lynne Bowker) Terminology 12.1 (2006) 79-110.
  • “The Interchange of δ and ζ in Early Greek Epic,” Glotta 80 (2005) 46-71.