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.