Michael Fontaine C.V.
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Latin literature of all time periods, from the middle Republic through the Italian and Northern Renaissance, and classical Roman, Greek, and Renaissance society. Special interests include wine, ancient comedy and jokes, Virgil, classical ideas about the mind, psychiatry, or mental illness, and the application of social psychology to classical texts.
- Professor of Classics, Cornell University (Assistant Professor, 2004; Associate Professor, 2010; Professor, 2017)
- 2003-4, Amherst College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
- 2018- Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Cornell University
- 2016 Acting Dean of the University Faculty, Cornell University (spring)
- 2012-6 Associate Dean of the Faculty, Cornell University
- 2015- The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Studies, advisory board member
- 2015- Anales de Filología Clásica journal (Buenos Aires), advisory board member
- 2016- Faculty Advisor to Humor Us! sketch comedy group, Cornell University
- 2016- Electryone (Rhodes and Alexandria) journal, advisory board member
- 2016 Eidolon, editorial board
- 2015-7 Classical World journal, Associate Editor for Latin literature
- 2017-20 University of Würzburg, Mercator Fellow at the Camerarius-Polyhistor project
- 2016- Chair of the Society for Classical Studies Committee on Public Information and Media Relations
- 2016 Recipient of the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, presented by The Center for Independent Thought
- 2016, 2014 Paideia Professor at The Paideia Institute's Living Latin in Rome program (Rome, Italy), summer (for more on this amazing program, see here)
I took 1999-2000 off to study Latin in Rome with Reginald Foster as a lay student at the Pontifical Gregorian University, courtesy of a Rotary Club Ambassadorial scholarship. I spent summer 2001 at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
B.A. 1998, Millsaps College, Classics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
1. 2019. How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing. Princeton University Press. (A translation and edition of Vincent Obsopoeus’ 1537 De Arte Bibendi).
2. 2018. (co-ed.) Quasi Labor Intus: Ambiguity in the Latin Language (Essays in Honor of Fr. Reginald Foster, OCD) (co-ed. with Charles McNamara and William Short). Paideia Institute Press. (See here.)