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Clara Rae Marie Bosak-Schroeder

Associate Professor


In 2015, Clara Bosak-Schroeder (she/they) joined the Classics department of UIUC where she is also an affiliate of History, Medieval Studies, Comparative and World Literature, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. They received their PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan, with certificates in Greek and Roman History and Graduate Teaching, and a BA in Classical Languages from UC Berkeley. Since joining UIUC, Clara has won a Faculty Fellowship from the Humanities Research Institute (2017-2018), a Junior Fellowship from the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory (2018-2020), a LEAP Scholar Award (2018-2020), and a Junior Fellowship from the Illinois Center for Advanced Study (2021-2022).

Clara works in reception and museum studies, creative nonfiction, and at the intersection of classics and the environmental humanities. Her first book, Other Natures: Environmental Encounters With Ancient Greek Ethnography (UC Press 2020), demonstrates that ancient Greek authors cast humans and nonhumans in complex, interdependent relationships. A second project examines how modern and contemporary artists reinterpret ancient Mediterranean monuments. Clara's essays have appeared in Avidly, Bellingham Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Zone 3. They founded and continue to advise CripAntiquity, an advocacy organization for neurodivergent and disabled students, instructors, scholars, and artists in ancient studies.

Research Interests

classical reception studies; creative nonfiction; museum practice; classics and the environmental humanities; Greek and Roman historiography and technical literature; feminist science studies and new materialisms

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Classics
Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, Program in Medieval Studies
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Recent Publications

Bosak-Schroeder, C. (2022). CATEGORIES IN JEOPARDY: ARGINUSAE IN ARISTOPHANES' FROGS. Ramus, 51(1), 1-20.

Bosak-Schroeder, C. (2020). Other Natures: Environmental Encounters with Ancient Greek Ethnography. University of California Press.

Bosak-sChroeder, C. (2019). Making specimens in the periplus of Hanno and its imperial tradition. American Journal of Philology, 140(1), 67-100.

Bosak-Schroeder, C., & Verhoogt, A. (2018). THUCYDIDES, HISTORIAE 2.62.5-63.2 (P.MICH. INV. 5413 (A) FRONT; TM NO. 131625). Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 55, 7-12.

Bosak-Schroeder, C. R. M. (2017). Fabricated Elephants and Confused Horses: How Smell Constructs Non/humanity. Paper presented at 148th meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Toronto, Canada.

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