Curtis Dozier

Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies

Curtis Dozier received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.  He is the director of Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classicsa site devoted to documenting and responding to appropriations of ancient Greece and Rome by hate groups. He is also the producer and host of The Mirror of Antiquity, a podcast featuring classical scholars discussing the intersections of their research, the contemporary world, and their own lives.

His research focuses on Latin poetry, classical rhetoric, and ancient literary criticism. He has published a series of articles on various aspects of Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria. His course on Classical Rhetoric and the Presidential Campaign has been featured on Vassar News and his work has appeared in, the online journal for Classics and Contemporary Culture Eidolon, and Public Radio’s Academic Minute. In addition to his work in the department of Greek and Roman Studies, from 2014–2019 Professor Dozier served as faculty advisor to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans studying at Vassar through the college’s partnership with the Posse Foundation.

BA, Dartmouth College; MA, PhD, University of California-Berkeley
At Vassar since 2008


Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall
Box 539

Research and Academic Interests

Latin Poetry
Classical Rhetoric
Ancient Literary Criticism
Classical Reception

Departments and Programs


AFRS/GRST 301 Seminar in Classical Civilization
GRST 344 Roman Lyric and Elegy

In the Media

Who Inspires Me

In celebration of Black History Month, five Vassar professors discuss some of the individuals who made an impact on them.

Curtis Dozier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and director of “Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics,” a blog devoted to documenting and responding to appropriations of ancient Greek and Rome by hate groups, was included in a Baffler story about the use of classical references by white nationalists, men’s rights groups, and alt-right leaders.

Curtis Dozier describes a class he teaches each election cycle focusing on rhetorical techniques used by both sides. Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting 2018.


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Curtis Dozier
Walter Garschagen