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Irene Morrison-Moncure

Class Adviser & Associate Faculty
735 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Monday 2:30-4:00

B.A., Classics, The College of William and Mary, 2011
Ph.D., Classics, CUNY Graduate Center, 2018

Irene Morrison-Moncure's teaching and research focuses on the relationship between power and literature in the ancient world. Her particular interests include the Roman epics and their historical and cultural contexts. Her dissertation, "Affecting Civil War: the Poetics of Fear in Lucan's Bellum Civile," examines representations of fear and anxiety in relation to themes of autocracy and civil war. Prior to Gallatin, Irene was a lecturer in the Department of Classical and Oriental Studies at Hunter College. She has also taught in coordination with the CUNY Pipeline Program for Careers in College Teaching and Research, a fellowship program for students from groups currently underrepresented in America's universities. Irene is a 2015 participant of the Classical Summer School at the American Academy in Rome and serves currently on the Board of Directors for Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute.

Teaching and Research Interests

Greek and Roman antiquity; history and literature of ancient Rome; power  state  ideology and empire; affect and emotion; cognitive narratology; reception studies and Classics in the modern world 

Recent News


Irene Morrison-Moncure serves as the faculty co-chair of the Society for Classical Studies Graduate Student Committee. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Kallion Leadership, Inc, an organization dedicated to developing better leadership across all sectors and communities through the study of the humanities, and as co-chair for their new initiative, Kallion's Leading Teachers Community of Practice.

Since Fall 2020, Morrison-Moncure has served as the Series Editor for the Ancient Leadership Series published in SAGE Business Cases. Additionally, Morrison- Moncure contributed "Leading With Self-Awareness: Lessons From the Second Roman Emperor,” published in January 2021.


Irene Morrison-Moncure co-chaired a panel on “COVID-19 and the Future of Classics Graduate Study,” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies held virtually in January 2021. 

Morrison-Moncure facilitated a two-part workshop on “Democracy on Trial: Ancient and Modern Drama” virtually at the International Democracy Camp hosted by the Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Rhetoric in Education and Kallion Leadership, Inc., in June 2020. Morrison-Moncure is reprising this workshop in July 2021 and offering a new workshop on "Motives for Leadership: What are They? And Do They Matter?"

Irene Morrison-Moncure