- Bachelor of Arts, Stanford University, 1969
- Master of Arts, Yale University, 1972
- Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1975
Thomas Van Nortwick is Nathan A. Greenberg Professor of Classics at Oberlin College, where he has taught since 1974. He holds a B.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University, and an M.A. in Classics from Yale University. He has published scholarly articles on Greek and Latin literature, autobiographical essays, and five books, Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Second Self and the Hero's Journey in Ancient Epic, Oxford University Press, 1992, Compromising Traditions: The Personal Voice in Classical. Scholarship, Routledge, 1997 (with Judith Hallett), Oedipus: The Meaning of a Masculine Life, University of Oklahoma Press, 1998, Imagining Men: Ideals of Masculinity in Ancient Greek Culture, Praeger, 2008, and The Unknown Odysseus: Alternate Worlds in Homer's Odyssey, University of Michigan Press, 2009. He was awarded the American Philological Association's "Excellence in Teaching Award" in 1993, and "The 2005 Award for Excellence in Teaching" by the Northern Ohio Council on Higher Education. He is a contributing editor of North Dakota Quarterly.