Kay Gabriel McGown
I completed my undergraduate studies in classics and philosophy at Columbia in May 2013 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). I won a Euretta J. Kellett fellowship for postgraduate study at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where I completed the MPhil in Classics in July 2014. My master’s thesis, “Pothôi Dameisa: Subjection and Desire in Archaic Greek Poetry,” explored the intertwined experiences of threatened subjectivity and sexual desire in Sappho and the long Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite. My research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the ancient world; sexual violence in Greek and Roman literature; the history of cosmetics and adornment; and ancient dramatic performance and reception.