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Liu, Jinyu, Ph.D. - Faculty Bio

Liu, Jinyu, Ph.D.



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Greencastle, IN

Classical Studies

Professor of Classical Studies - on leave

Professor Jinyu Liu came to DePauw in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. in Roman History at Columbia University (NY) and regularly teaches "Ancient Roman World", "Impact of the Roman Empire", "Ancient Cities and Urbanism", and Latin and ancient Greek at all levels at DePauw. She served as Chair of the Department in 2013-2016.


Prof. Liu's research interests include social relations in the Roman cities, the non-elite in the Roman Empire, Latin epigraphy, the reception of Graeco-Roman classics in China, as well as translating classical texts in a global context. Her monograph Collgia Centonariorum: the Guilds of Textile Dealers in the Roman West was published by Brill in 2009. An Introductory Research Guilde to Roman History (in Chinese) was released by Peking University Press in 2014 (reprint 2016; second, expanded edition, 2021). She has also published a number of articles on Latin inscriptions and the ancient associations including a chapter on professional associations in Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (edited by Paul Erdkamp, 2013). Thomas Blanton IV, Agnes Choi, and Jinyu Liu (eds), Taxation, Economy, and Revolt in Ancient Rome, Galilee, and Egypt came out from Routledge in 2022. 


She was awarded visiting fellowships at the Center for Epigraphical and Paleographical Studies (Ohio State University, Summer 2007), the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York University, in 2007-2008), and Peking University (2011-2012). She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University (2012-2013) and at the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (CNERS) of the University of British Columiba (Aug. 2018-Feb. 2019), and has received an appointment of a Distinguished Guest Professorship at Shanghai Normal University (2014-).


She was recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's New Directions Fellowship (2011-2014) for her research on the reception of Graeco-Roman classics in China. Prof. Liu's reception research has enabled her to cross disciplinary boundaries, as evidenced by her presentations at international conferences with themes on Globalizing/Globalized/Global Classics and at the annual conventions of diverse academic associations including the American Philologial Assocaiton (now SCS), the Association for Asian Studies, and Comparative Literature. Her recent publication in this area is "Virgil in Chinese", in Susanna Braund and Zara Torlone (eds.), Virgil and His Translators (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Prof. Liu regularly organizes the Guangqi Classics Lecture and Seminar Series at SHNU, which invites Classics scholars from around the world to share their cutting-edge research, provide master classes, and organize international conferences and workshops on diverse aspects of the ancient world.  With the support of the Classics Department of Dickinson College, one of the main products of the Series is Dickinson Classics Online, which publishes resources for Chinese students and scholars of the Graeco-Roman classics.

As the Principal Investigator of Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid’s Poetry into Chinese with Commentaries", a multi-year project sponsored by a National Social Science Fund of China Major Grant (2015-2022), Jinyu Liu is collaborating with more than a dozen scholars from several countries, all of whom either have Latin, Chinese, and English for the minimum or have Latin and a variety of other languages with full-time teaching experience at Chinese universities. Along with Professors Heng Chen (SHNU) and Christopher Francese (Dickinson College), Prof. Liu was responsible for organizing “Globalizing Ovid: An International Conference in Commemoration of the Bimillennium of Ovid's Death”, which was successfully held in Shanghai, May 31-June 2, 2017. An edited two-volume set entitled New Frontiers of Research on the Roman Poet Ovid (in Chinese) was published by Peking University in 2021. Thomas Sienkewicz and Jinyu Liu (eds), Ovid in China: Reception, Translation, and Comparison came out from Brill in 2022.


Prof. Liu received DePauw's Edwin L. Minar Jr. Scholarship Award in 2018.  She was awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for 2018-2020. In 2018-2020, she was invited to deliver a number of keynote addresses and distinguished lectures including the 10th Grmshaw-Gudewicz Lecture (Brown University, 2019), Association of Ancient Historians Keynote (2020), and the 11th Clack Lecture (CAAS, 2020). She is currently serving on the SCS Board of Directors.


She enjoys family life and travelling.


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