Moving Classics forward.

Emily Grace Shanahan is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Classics, Philology at Cornell University, and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Classics. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the field of Classics, and has served as the president of the Cornell University graduate organization Diversitas since 2019.

Her dissertation, “Penelope and the Psychology of the Marginalized,” is an intersectional analysis of the Odyssey, beginning with the Penelope controversy in Homer scholarship and analyzing Penelope’s behavior through the frameworks of sexual terrorism and rape culture. The project then compares scholarly and fictional reception of other marginalized characters, from Eumaeus to Melantho.

Emily was born and raised in Western North Carolina, where her family still lives. She now resides in Slaterville Springs, NY, while she finishes her PhD at Cornell University