Carl Rice

Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies

Carl R. Rice is a historian and scholar of late Roman society, culture, and religion. He is currently working on a proposal for his first book, tentatively titled Roman Religion and the Citizens of Empire, 250-450 CE. In this book, he explores the entanglement of normative religious identities and legal privilege of citizenship in the late Roman empire. He teaches a range of courses that examine various aspects of Roman society and history, as well as Latin language and literature.

Prof. Rice earned his undergraduate degrees in history and religious studies from West Virginia University in 2013, before completing a Master of Arts in History at North Carolina State University in 2016. He completed his doctorate in history and classics at Yale University in 2023 before joining the Vassar faculty later that year. He is a proud first-generation, low-income college grad from Appalachia.

BA, West Virginia University; MA, North Carolina State University at Raleigh; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University
At Vassar since 2023


Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall
Box 654
Tuesday 1:30–3:00; Friday 10–11 (for GRST 145); or by appointment.

Research and Academic Interests

Roman history; late antiquity; Roman religion; Roman law; ancient and modern citizenship; gender and sexuality in antiquity.

Departments and Programs


GRST 145: Elementary Latin
GRST 245: Intermediate Latin I

Selected Publications

  • Saving World Languages at WVU” in Pasts Imperfect (9.7.23)
  • Rice, Carl R. 2023. “Religious Violence in the Later Roman Empire: The Tetrarchic Persecutions, 302-313 CE.” In The Cambridge World History of Genocide, Vol. 1: Genocide in the Ancient, Medieval and Premodern Worlds, eds. T.M. Lemos, Tristan S. Taylor, and Ben Kiernan, 353-375. Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge Press.