College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Katherine De Boer

Katherine De Boer

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies
Ballantine Hall 558
​(812) 856-2439

Curriculum Vitae


  • A.B. at the University of Chicago, 2007
  • M.A. at UNC—Chapel Hill, 2010
  • Ph.D. at UNC—Chapel Hill, 2016

Research Interests

  • Latin poetry, especially Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, and Lucan
  • Early Greek poetry, especially Hesiod, Homer, and Pindar
  • Women, gender, and class in antiquity
  • Feminist literary criticism
  • Mythology
  • Classics in cinema


My research focuses on the treatment of women in ancient poetry, particularly epic poetry. My dissertation, which I am currently adapting for publication, studies the treatment of the dead and dying female body in Homer’s Odyssey, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Other ongoing projects include a study of the trope of blaming women for male death in epic poetry and an article on the portrayal of violence against the slave body and the beloved female body in Ovid’s Amores.