Graham Butler

Research Interests

  • Ancient and modern slaveries
  • Comparative approaches to social history
  • Literature and ideological discourse
  • Racism and ethnocentrism


Dissertation: “The Production of Similarity: a Comparative Perspective on the Literary Representation of Slaves in Antiquity”

Graham Butler is a Classical History PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. He received a B.A. in Creative Writing, a B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies, and an M.A. in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Victoria. His dissertation examines ancient Greek and Roman literary stereotypes about slaves and distinguishes them from the racist stereotypes present in modern North and South American literature.

Grants and Awards

    2015-2018: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
    2013-2015: Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship

“Athenian Tragedy and the Pitfalls of Slaveholding.” CAC. Calgary, AB. May 2018.