Professor and Head
School of Languages and Cultures/SC
Madeleine Henry earned her Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the faculty as Head of the SLC, she taught at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and Iowa State University. There she served as chair of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department (now World Languages and Cultures) and chair of the Classical Studies Program, as well as serving on the Women’s Studies Program Committee.
Her research interests include women’s history (Prisoner of History: Aspasia of Miletus and her Biographical Tradition, Oxford); prostitution, pornography, and trafficking in the ancient Mediterranean (The Greek Prostitute in the Ancient Mediterranean 800BCE – 200 CE, Wisconsin), the history of literary criticism and theory in the ancient world (essays on encyclopedic literature, Greek comedy, and commentary), and Greek comedy (Menander’s Courtesans and the Greek Comic Tradition, Lang). Committed to making classical and less commonly taught languages more accessible, she created the first asynchronous, fully online course in elementary Latin in the state of Iowa and participated in a federal grant to expand the offerings of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian languages and cultures to public universities in Iowa.