My work examines the intersection of Roman material culture (art, architecture, archaeological finds, inscribed texts) and social history. My research has investigated the unofficial rules governing Roman sexuality, the social impact of Pompeian graffiti, the modern reception of Pompeii, and the physical, social, and emotional environment within Pompeii’s “purpose-built” brothel (The Brothel of Pompeii: Sex, Class, and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society [Cambridge 2019]). This body of research aims to recover the contours of agency for marginalized groups like male and female prostitutes, penetrated men, and lusty women, and is thus influenced by and contributes to feminist and queer theory. I currently serve as co-chair of the Lambda Classical Caucus, and previously served as co-chair of the Women's Classical Caucus.
- Levin-Richardson, Sarah. The Brothel of Pompeii: Sex, Class and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society. Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- Sarah Levin-Richardson. "Bodily Waste and Boundaries in Pompeian Graffiti." In Ancient Obsenities. Eds. D. Dutsch and A. Suter. Univeristy of Michigan Press, 2015. 225–254.
- Sarah Levin-Richardson. “‘Gay’ Pompeii: Pompeian Art and Homosexuality in the Early Twentieth Century.” In Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities. Ed. J. Ingleheart. Oxford University Press, 2015. 197–213.
- Sarah Levin-Richardson. "Calos graffiti and infames at Pompeii." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 195 (2015): 274-282.
- Sarah Levin-Richardson and Deborah Kamen. "Lusty Ladies in the Roman Imaginary." In Ancient Sex: New Essays. Eds. R. Blondell and K. Ormand. Columbus: Ohio State University, 2015. 231-252.
- Sarah Levin-Richardson and Deborah Kamen. “Revisiting Roman Sexuality: Agency and the Conceptualization of Penetrated Males.” In Sex in Antiquity: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World. Eds. M. Masterson, N. Rabinowitz, and J. Robson. Routledge, 2015. 449–460.
- Sarah Levin-Richardson. “fututa sum hic: Female Subjectivity and Agency in Pompeian Sexual Graffiti.” Classical Journal 108.3 (2013): 319–45.
- Sarah Levin-Richardson. “Facilis hic futuit:Graffiti and Masculinity in Pompeii’s ‘Purpose-built’ Brothel.” Helios 38.1(2011): 59–78.
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- Another spring, another successful Rome Program! - August 29, 2018
- Prof. Sarah Levin-Richardson's work featured in The Whole U: Faculty Friday - March 2, 2018
- Congrats to Megan O'Donald on her ZPE article! - February 25, 2018
- Messages from Rome - December 6, 2017
- UW Classics at the SCS/AIA! - December 1, 2017
- Professors Kamen and Levin-Richardson win national research award - January 19, 2017
- Professor Levin-Richardson's work featured in Forbes - October 5, 2016
- Feminism and Classics VII: Visions - May 27, 2016
- UW hosts seventh international conference on Feminism and Classics May 19-22 - May 15, 2016
- Sarah Levin-Richardson gives talk at Stanford - February 18, 2016
- Professor Sarah Levin-Richardson interviewed by New York magazine - October 6, 2014
- Professor Sarah Levin-Richardson wins Rome Prize - May 9, 2014
- Brothels and Prostitution at Pompeii - January 23, 2018 - 7:30pm
- German Masculinity, Nationalism, and Pompeii: Eduard von Mayer's Pompeji in seiner Kunst (1904) - October 14, 2016 - 3:30pm
- Visions: Feminism and Classics VII - May 19, 2016 to May 22, 2016