Pamela Gordon received the B.A. in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient Greek from Bryn Mawr College. She was the Chair of the Department of Classics from 1999 until 2014, and is now Interim Chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In Classics (her home department), she teaches Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels, as well as courses on Greek and Roman literature in translation. Her graduate courses include seminars on Euripides, Herodotus, and Sappho. Scholarly interests include Greek and Roman gender studies, Greek and Roman poetry, Greek tragedy, the cultural history of Epicureanism, and the Roman reception of Greek culture. Her first articles included: "Phaeacian Dido: Lost Pleasures of an Epicurean Intertext," Classical Antiquity 17 (1998); "The Lover's Voice in Heroides 15: Or, Why is Sappho a Man?" in Roman Sexualities, edited by Judy Hallett and Marilyn Skinner (Princeton University Press, 1998); "Some Unseen Monster: Rereading Lucretius on Sex," in The Roman Gaze, edited by David Fredrick (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002). Her more recent work on gender and Epicureanism was supported by a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies.
- Greek Language and Literature, Epicureanism, Greek Drama, Roman Reception of Greek Culture, Sappho
- Diogenes of Oenoanda
- Ancient Greek and Roman Gender Constructions
Selected Awards & Honors
1995 - 1996
University Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Kansas