Rachel Meyers

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:2236 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


Rachel Meyers (Ph.D, Duke University) is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Dr. Meyers teaches a variety of courses in the Classical Studies Program, including Roman Archaeology; Sex, Gender, and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean; and Greek and Roman Mythology. She co-directs Roman Italy, a summer study abroad program that centers on the art, culture, and history of ancient Rome and Italy. Meyers is also an affiliate faculty member in the program Women’s and Gender Studies.

Meyers has been recognized for her teaching with the James Hungtington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching and the Shakeshaft Master Teacher Award.

Meyers has diverse research interests in the material culture and social history of the ancient Roman world. Her scholarship is centered broadly on Roman art, architecture, and social history and, more specifically, on women in the Roman world and imperial representation and propaganda. In addition, Meyers explores the processes, functions, and values of the practice of benefaction (philanthropic activity including endowments, bequests, financing construction and public works, entertainment, or other goods). Her research encompasses a large body of evidence, including marble portraits and portrait statues, coinage, architectural monuments, written documents, and inscriptions. She is currently working on projects that document and examine benefactions by women across the Roman world and sculptural displays of the imperial family in Roman Hispania.