Wells, James Bradley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
I completed my B.A. in Government at Beloit College, learned ancient Greek while working in telecommunications marketing in Guam, and on the strength of my self-taught knowledge of ancient Greek was accepted to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in Classical Studies, where I earned my M.A. before moving on to Indiana University for my Ph.D. My experience as an undergraduate at a liberal arts college directly informs my conviction that teaching and learning of Classical Studies is synonymous with core components of liberal arts education: interdisciplinarity, effective writing, collaborative learning, and creative thinking.
My first book, Pindar’s Verbal Art (Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University Press, 2009), is an ethnographic study of speech and performance in Pindar’s (518-438 B.C.E.) victory songs for ancient Greek athletes. My second book is a poetry collection, Bicycle (Sheep Meadow Press, 2013), which was a finalist for Four Way Books’s Intro Prize (2012), The National Poetry Series (2011), and Black Lawrence Press’s Hudson Prize (2010).
Prior to the start of my DePauw career in 2011, I taught Classical Studies at the University of Idaho (2003-2005), Grand Valley State University (2005-2007), and Hamilton College (2007-2011).