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Liu, Jinyu, Ph.D.




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Greencastle, IN

Classical Studies

Associate Professor of Classical Studies



Professor Jinyu Liu came to DePauw in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. in Roman History at Columbia University (NY) and regularly teaches "Roman Civilization", "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.


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 during 2012-2013, and has received an appointment for a Distinguished Guest Professorship at Shanghai Normal University (2014-2020).


Her research interests include social relations in 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 Collegia Centonariorum: the Guilds of Textile Dealers in the Roman West was published by Brill in 2009. "An Introduction to the Study of Roman History" (in Chinese) was released by Peking University Press in 2014. 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).


She was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's New Directions Fellowship (2011-2014), and has recently been selected as one of the Shanghai "1000 plan" experts (2014-2019). Her recent research on the reception of Graeco-Roman classics in China has enabled her to cross disciplinary boundaries, as evidenced by her presentations at the annual conventions of diverse academic associations including the American Philologial Assocaiton (now SCS), the Association for Asian Studies, and Comparative Literature. Most recently she has delivered invited lectures at the University of Exeter and the "Globalizing Classics" conference at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


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 Chinese National Social Science Foundation Major Grant (2015-2020), Jinyu Liu is collaborating with more than a dozen scholars from four 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. 


She lives with her husband and two children in Greencastle, Indiana.


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