Alison Keith

Professor and Director, Jackman Humanities Institute
JHI 1026 | BC 28
416-978-6085 (JHI) | 416-585-4483


Fields of Study


Alison Keith received her BA in Honours Classics from the University of Alberta and completed her MA and PhD in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. She has written extensively about the intersection of gender and genre in Latin literature, and is the author of books on Ovid (1992), Propertius (2008), Latin epic (2000, 2012), and most recently Virgil, in the Understanding Classics series of Bloomsbury Academic (2020). Current projects include monographs on Latin literature and Roman Epicureanism; Vergil the Philosopher; Sulpicia; and a commentary on the fourth book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses for Cambridge University Press.

She has taught at the University of Toronto since 1988, and holds cross-appointments in the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Women and Gender Studies Institute. In the past she has served as Editor of Phoenix, Journal of the Classical Association of Canada (2002-07), President of the Classical Association of Canada (2010-2012), and Chair of the U of T Department of Classics (2007-2013; Acting 2016-2017). She is currently Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto (2017- ); Co-Editor (with Jonathan Edmondson) of the Phoenix Supplementary Series (2008-) and General Editor (with Ingrid Holmberg) of the sub-series Phoenix Studies in Gender (2001- ) for the University of Toronto Press; and President of the Ontario Classical Association (2018-2020).


PhD, University of Michigan