Katherine Wasdin

Katherine Wasdin

Assistant Professor of Classics
Address: Rome Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-6909
[email protected]

Katherine Wasdin earned her B.A. from Brown University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She taught at Rutgers University for four years before joining the faculty at George Washington in 2013. She has published articles on the wedding poetry of Claudian and the reception of Catullus in Kathy Acker  and has an article on Catullus 64 forthcoming in Helios. Her current monograph project shows how wedding poetry and love poetry function as distinct but interrelated literary categories in Greek and Roman literature.

Current Research

Greek and Roman poetry
Reception of Catullus
Greek novel, esp. Heliodorus
Imperial Latin epic
Genre and intertextuality
Reception Studies


2009 Yale University, Ph.D. in Classical Philology

2003 Brown University, B.A. in Classics (Greek and Latin), magna cum laude

2001 Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome


2017. “The Undead Past in Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School.” Classical Receptions Journal 9: 268-86.

2014. “Honorius Triumphant: Poetry and Politics in Claudian’s Wedding Poems.” Classical Philology 109: 48-65 2014.

2011. Co-editor (with W. Brockliss, P. Chaudhuri, and A. Haimson Lushkov) of Reception and the Classics. Yale Classical Studies 36. Cambridge University Press.        

“Grotesque Aesthetics in Imperial Epic.” Chapter in Blackwell Companion to Latin Epic, ca. 14-96 CE. Ed. L. Fratantuono and C. Stark. Forthcoming.

"Courtship and Rites." Chapter in Bloomsbury Companion to Marriage. Vol. 1: Antiquity. Ed. Karen Hersch. Forthcoming.

"Weaving Time: Ariadne and the Argo in Catullus 64." Accepted for publication in Helios.


Classes Taught

GREK 1001 and GREK 1002: Introductory Ancient Greek
LATN 3002: Advanced Latin (Horace)
CLAS 2106: Classical Mythology
CLAS 3114/WSGG 3170: Topics: Love and Adventure in the Ancient Novel
CLAS 3114: Topics: Greek and Roman Religion
CLAS 3114: Topics: Classics and Film