Justine McConnell is Lecturer in Comparative Literature (King’s College London). Before this she was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at TORCH, and Bowra Junior Research Fellow in Humanities at Wadham. After degrees in both Classics and English, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University, she came to Oxford initially as a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD). Her research has focused on the reception of classical literature since the nineteenth century, and her current project explores contemporary African, Caribbean, and ancient Greek oral poetics, with a particular focus on the syncretization of myth and modes of storytelling in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Caribbean literature.
She is author of Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939 (OUP, 2013), and co-editor of three volumes: Ancient Slavery and Abolition: From Hobbes to Hollywood (OUP, 2011), The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (OUP, 2015), and Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989 (Bloomsbury, 2016).