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Emily Chow-Kambitsch

Emily Chow-Kambitsch


  • Ph.D., Classics, University College London (UCL)
  • M.A., Greek and Latin Language and Literature, University of Oxford, University of Oxford

Emily Chow-Kambitsch is a scholar, poet-storyteller, and native of Santa Barbara. Her lifelong exploration of classical mythology is rooted in the study of Greek and Latin language and literature. After completing a BA in Classics at UCSB, Emily received a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where her thesis focused on the healing of grief in Roman stoicism, and where she worked as a research assistant for the Oxford Emotions Project, a cross-disciplinary study of definitions of emotions in ancient Greece. In 2016 Emily received her PhD in Classics at University College London (UCL). Her thesis examines emotions as an important mode for audience engagement with representations of antiquity in modern popular fiction, theatre, and cinema. The thesis has yielded articles in publications including the journal, Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, and the collections, Rewriting the Ancient World: Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians in Modern Popular Fiction (Brill, 2017) and Star Attractions: Twentieth-century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom (University of Iowa Press, 2019). A prize-winning poet-storyteller, Emily has ceaseless curiosity about nature, the feminine, religious experience, Greco-Roman myth, memory and the transmission of story, and artifacts, personal and ancestral. Her commissioned writing was featured in the showcase, “Weaving Women’s Stories”, at London’s Being Human Festival in 2018, and she has performed with Backbone Storytelling and at the Narrative Loft in Santa Barbara. She performs weekly at the Catweazle Club in Oxford, UK (thanks to Zoom!). She is writing a book on reconstructing the voices of vilified women from Greek tragedy. Emily comes to teach Greek and Roman mythology at Pacifica after 8 years in the UK and a series of lectureships at UCL, UCSB, and Pacifica. She looks forward to supporting students’ connection with these perennial stories through academic, artistic, and personal lenses.