Department of Classics and the College
Patrice Rankine researches the Greco-Roman classics and their afterlife, particularly as they pertain to literature, theater, and the history and performance of race. He is the author of Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006) and Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience (Baylor University Press, 2013), and co-author of The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2015). His current book projects include “Theater and Crisis: Myth, Memory, and Racial Reckoning, 1964–2020” (Lever Press) and “Slavery and the Book” (Harvard University Press). His ongoing writing includes contributions to Queer Euripides: Re-readings in Tragedy and to the Critical Ancient World Studies project. He will also co-edit a volume on race, racism, and the classics for Transactions of the American Philological Association.
Rankine earned his BA in Ancient Greek magna cum laude from Brooklyn College, The City University of New York City, and his PhD in classical languages and literatures from Yale University. Most recently, he served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of classics at the University of Richmond.