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Kirk Ormand

Kirk Ormand


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King Building 105C
(440) 775-8394

Kirk Ormand

Kirk on Santorini

Kirk begins the trek to archaia Thira

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Carleton College, 1985
  • Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1989
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1992

Kirk Ormand has been at Oberlin since 2001,  His research specialties include the construction of sexuality in the ancient world, archaic Greek poetry (especially Hesiod), Sophocles, Lucan, and the Greek Novel.  He regularly teaches Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome, Classical Mythology, and intermediate and advanced courses in ancient Greek and Latin.

Kirk spent the year of 2007-08 in Athens, Greece, as the Elizabeth A. Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, where he pursued interests in material culture and Greek pre-history. In the summer of 2010, he led the ASCSA's first summer session, a 6-week archaeological tour of Crete and mainland Greece.  

In January of 2013, Kirk led an intrepid group of 18 students on a 16-day tour of archaeological sites in ancient Greece.  You can visit a tumblr (blog) of their trip here.  The group had a terrific trip, and enjoyed being in Greece during the low tourist season.  Kirk hopes to make this trip a more regular event (the previous trip was in 2006).

Kirk's recent publications include  Controlling Desires: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome (Praeger Press, 2008), and the newly published Companion to Sophocles (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)  Kirk is also working on a book on the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women and archaic Greek culture.

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Here's a link to the Companion to Sophocles.

Here is a link to Kirk's CV.