Sarah Derbew

Assistant Professor

Sarah Derbew (DEH-rih-bow, rhymes with “snow”) is an assistant professor of Classics. She is also affiliated with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

She received her Ph.D. in Classics from Yale University and was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her research focuses on literary and artistic representations of black people in ancient Greece. Her interests extend to the twenty-first century; she has written about the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in the African diaspora. She is currently working on her book, Untangling Blackness in Greek Antiquity, in which she employs critical race theory and performance studies to understand the role of blackness in ancient Greek literature and art.


Countries of Study
Research Interest(s)
Ancient Greek Literature, Classical Reception, Museum Studies, African literature, Nubia (ancient Sudan and Egypt)