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Kristen  Baxter

Kristen Baxter

Assistant Teaching Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

313 Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0184


  1. Ph.D. in Classics, Rutgers University (2012)
  2. B.A. in Classics, Villanova University (2005)


My research interests lie in archaic Greek poetry, especially choral lyric.  My dissertation examined the significance of prayer in Pindar’s epinician odes, specifically the way that Pindar uses the odes to facilitate communication between the victor (and his family) and the gods.  Currently I am collaborating with Dr. Lowell Edmunds on a project studying the epithets of Helen in archaic poetry.

Recent Courses:

GREEK 420 - Greek Prose (Lysias)
CAMS 001 - Greek and Roman Literature
CAMS 025 - Greek Civilization
CAMS 045 - Classical Mythology

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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