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Stephen Sansom

Postdoctoral Associate

Stephen Sansom

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 126

Educational Background

PhD, Stanford University


Stephen is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Classics as part of Cornell's Active Learning Initiative. He received his PhD in Classics from Stanford University ('18), where he wrote a dissertation on the style of Greek Epic and the Hesiodic Shield of Heracles. His research focuses on the style, meaning, and reception of early Greek poetry——especially Homer, Hesiod, and the Homeric Hymns——from a variety of approaches, including quantitative philology, oral-formulaic theory, and intertextuality. Past projects include digital mapping, online courses, digital stylometry, and conference papers on Homer, Hesiod, and sound. In the classroom, he believes students learn best when they do things: experience, reflect, and decide anew.


  • Classics