Katharine P.D. Huemoeller

  • Roman social history
  • Slavery (ancient and comparative)
  • Documentary texts
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Ancient law (in theory and in practice)
  • Non-urban life in antiquity


I am currently working on a monograph on the sexual dimension of ancient Roman slavery.  In this book I examine our problematic (but extensive) evidence for the sexual, reproductive, and conjugal experiences of slaves in the Roman world from 200 BCE to 200 CE.  My next project will be a social history of the concept of property.  I am exploring how people talked about about ownership of both inanimate and animate property and the ways in which ownership was informed by gender and status.  For both projects I use a wide variety of literary and documentary textual evidence from the ancient world including epigraphic and papyrological sources. The more material side of my research takes place in Sicily, where I am a member of the American Excavations at Morgantina Contrada Agnese Project.



After receiving my undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, I worked in the non-profit sector in Washington, DC for a few years on issues of gender equity.  I then went to Princeton University where I earned my doctorate in Classics through the interdisciplinary Program in the Ancient World and completed a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Following a year as a Rome Prize fellow at the American Academy in Rome, I joined UBC’s Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies department in 2016.

Courses Currently Taught

Winter 2018
No CNRS course(s) were found for W2018 term.Winter 2018
No LATN course(s) were found for W2018 term.Winter 2018
No LATN course(s) were found for W2018 term.