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Sarah Culpepper Stroup (She / Her / Hers)

Professor of Classics; Adjunct in Comparative Religion and Jewish Studies
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By Appointment; all meetings will be held on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people, who have lived here since time immemorial and who continue to thrive in the present.


Ph.D., Classics (Philology major; Philosophy and Archaeology minors), UC Berkeley, 2000
M.A., Latin, UC Berkeley
B.A., Latin and Classical Studies; B.A. Philosophy, UW
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I am a nerdy neophilologist working on the cryptology of a dystopian triumviral dialogue (Varro's de Rebus Rusticis) and, in general, how ancient Romans learned to speak in coded language when things got dangerous.  I also research ancient advanced technologies, especially as we can recover knowledge of such through non-technical literature and material culture.  

I am a dedicated public humanities communicator, because I know that humanists' greatest strengths lie in our ability to speak with others.

I have two monographs in progress: the first is Ex Machina: Stories of STEM in the Ancient World (a work for a non-specialist audience, under contract with Princeton University Press); the second is Varro's Dystopian Rome: Political Cryptography and the Shadow of the Triumvirate in the de Rebus Rusticis.   

I am also the Program Director for Humanities First a First Year Experience at the UW that has been supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation for our first three years.


Courses Taught

Winter 2015

Spring 2013

Additional Courses

HUM 101: Humanities First: Foundations (AU 2020)

HUM 102: Humanities First: Campus Connections (WI 2021, 2022)

HUM 103: Humanities First: Community Connections (SP 2021, 2022)

HUM 208: Humanities Next (AU, 2021; WI and SP 2022)

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Professional Affiliations: 
Society for Classical Studies, Archaeological Institute of America

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