Katharine P.D. Huemoeller

Research Interests

  • 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.


I would be happy to supervise graduate students in topics related to Roman history, Roman culture/society, Roman law, ancient gender and sexuality, and ancient slavery.

Winter 2020

CNRS502A Studies in Law and Society - STUDIES LAW Sections

Winter 2020

CLST232 Ancient Rome Sections

A survey of the ancient Roman world from the foundation of the city to the death of Constantine.

Winter 2020

CLST352 The Roman Republic Sections

Rome from the foundation to the Augustan settlement. Constitutional development; the workings and failure of the Republican political system; acquisition and growth of Empire; the political, social, and economic consequences of imperialism.

Winter 2020

LATN101 Beginning Latin I Sections

Classical Latin, Part I.