Faculty & Staff

Margaret Elsner

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
B.A., The University of the South, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

mdelsner@sewanee.edu

Margaret Day Elsner is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics (2019–2020). An alumna of the college (C'12, Latin and English), she received a Ph.D. in Greek and Latin from The Ohio State University (2019), where she was a Susan L. Huntington Dean's Distinguished University Fellow. Broadly interested in ancient drama, poetry, and medicine, her work focuses on the intersection of animals and women in ancient Mediterranean culture and today. She is currently preparing a monograph titled Bestial Minds and Female Bodies: Animalized Women in the Ancient Imagination, which explores issues of internal hybridity, species dysphoria, and female-animal kinship in Greco-Roman and global literature.

In 2017, she published an article on cultural appropriation and animal- and antiquities-trafficking in Eidolon, and she has a forthcoming contribution to The Fragrant and the Foul: The Smells and Senses of Antiquity in the Modern Imagination (Bloomsbury 2020, Charlotte Ribeyrol and Adeline Grande-Clément, eds.) on vaginal fumigation in literature, art, and the wellness movement. Dr. Elsner has also presented her research both nationally and internationally and serves as the chair of the Animals in Literature and Film panel at the Midwest Modern Languages Association. You can keep up with her work at her website, margaretdayelsner.com, and on Twitter @margaretlday.