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Dr. Patrice Rankine
Dean for Arts and Humanities

Brief Biography

Rankine graduated from Brooklyn College in 1992, with a BA in Ancient Greek, and he also holds Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees in Classical Languages and Literatures from Yale University. Rankine completed his doctorate in Classical Languages and Literature at Yale University in 1998 with a dissertation focused on the performance of moral agency in the tragedies of Lucius Annaes Seneca. He has since developed interdisciplinary interests in the redeployment of classical themes among modern authors, particularly as it pertains to African American literature and identity. His first book Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature, published in 2006 with the University of Wisconsin Press, was named one of Choice magazine’s outstanding academic books in 2007 and is currently in its second printing. His second book is Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Disobedience, which Baylor University Press published in 2013. His publications also include numerous articles, book chapters and book reviews, including an edited volume, the Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas, with Fiona Macintosh and Justine McConnell (both of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford University), which is due out in 2014. 

Contact Information

Email: rankine@hope.edu