Yelena Baraz

Assistant Professor of Classic

Princeton University

Yelena Baraz is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University. She specializes in Latin literature, Roman cultural history, and history of ideas. She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2004. In 2004-2005 she held the APA-NEH postdoctoral fellowship at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. She taught at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, before coming to Princeton in 2007, where she currently holds the Jonathan Edwards Bicentennial Preceptorship.

Prof. Baraz researches how literary texts shape, and are in turn shaped by, social and cultural forces. Her first book, entitled A Written Republic: The Cultural Politics of Cicero's Philosophy, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. It locates the body of philosophical work Cicero produced in the 40s BCE under Caesar's dictatorship in its historical and cultural context, investigating writing philosophy as a cultural act. She co-edited, with C. van den Berg, a special issue of AJP on intertextuality (134:2013). She has written articles on Pliny, Vergil, and both Senecas, and has contributed lexicographical articles to the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae.