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Dr. Patrice  Rankine
Dr. Patrice Rankine
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Classics

Patrice Rankine became Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in June 2016.

Rankine previously served as dean for the Arts and Humanities at Hope College in Holland, Mich., where he oversaw nine departments and several interdisciplinary programs, including a new museum and music building, and an art gallery.

Prior to his time at Hope College, he served as assistant head of the School of Languages and Cultures and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classics, both at Purdue University. He has been a professor for nearly two decades.

Rankine earned his Ph.D. in classical languages and literature from Yale University. He holds Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees in Classical Languages and Literatures from Yale and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is an accomplished scholar having published three books, dozens of articles and book reviews; received numerous awards, honors and grants; and delivered presentations and lectures at dozens of national and international academic conferences.

Selected Publications

Oxford University Handbook: Greek Drama in the Americas, co-editor with Kathryn Bosher, Fiona Macintosh, and Justine McConnell. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013.

Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature. The University of Wisconsin Press. 2006.


“Aftermath: Du Bois, Classical Humanism, and the Matter of Black Lives,” International Journal of the Classical Tradition (forthcoming 2018).

“Epic Performance through Invencão de Orfeu and ‘An Iliad:’ Two Instantiations of Epic as Embodiment in the Americas,” in Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison, and Claire Kenward (eds.), Epic Performances, from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

“Dignity in Homer” for Dignity: Oxford Philosophical Concepts, edited by Remy Debes. Oxford University Press, 2017: 19-45.

“The Body and Invisible Man: Ralph Ellison’s Novel in Twenty-First Century Performance and Public Spaces,” in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, eds. Marc Conner and Lucas E. Morel, University of Mississippi Press, 2016.

“From Anthropophagy to Allegory and back: A Study of Classical Myth and the Brazilian Novel.” In Greek Myth and the Novel Since 1989. Eds. Edith Hall and Justine McConnell.

“Black is, black ain’t: (Re)imagining Greece, Rome, and Race through Ralph Ellison, Derek Walcott, Wole Soyinka,” Revue de Littérature Comparée 344 (2012): 457-474.

“Orpheus and the Racialized Body in Brazilian Film and Literature of the Twentieth Century.” Forum for World Literature Studies 3 (2011): 420-433.


“‘The World is a Ghetto:’ Postracial America(s) and the Apocalypse,” chapter for Houston Baker’s The Trouble with Post-Blackness, Columbia University Press, 2015.

Ph.D., Yale University
Classical Languages and Literatures
Contact Information
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(804) 289-8416