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Krishni Burns, PhD

Lecturer of Latin

Classics and Mediterranean Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

1804 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5539

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Krishni Burns CV


Krishni Burns, lecturer of Latin, studies the lives of women and religious practices during the Roman Republic. Additionally, she interested in the expression of classical myth in children's culture, including fiction, TV, and movies. Her ethnographic research project, "The Living Odyssey Project: Greek Myth is 21st Century American Folklore", explores the presence of Greek mythology in modern American popular and oral culture. Krishni Burns is also an active member of the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP), which promotes the performance of ancient drama as both a artistic endeavor and form of research.

Professional Leadership

Chair, Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP) of the Society for Classical Studies. 2020- 2022

Classics and Social Justice, Subgroup on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Chronic Illness, Affiliated with the Society for Classical Studies. 2017-Present

History Committee, Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS). 2020-2023


Ph.D. in Classics from State University of New York at Buffalo. Dissertation: The Magna Mater Romana: A Sociocultural Study of the Cult of the Magna Mater in Republican Rome. (2015)

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Classical Studies (SCS), formerly the American Philological Association
  • Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
  • Women’s Classical Caucus (WCC)
  • Lambda Classical Caucus (LCC)
  • Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS)

Research Currently in Progress

Monograph in progress

The Magna Mater Romana: A Sociocultural Study of the Cult of the Magna Mater in Republican Rome

Articles and Book Chapters

“Leaders of Men and Sacrificial Daughters.” Screening Love and War in TROY: FALL OF A CITY. Eds. Monica S. Cyrino and Antony Augoustakis. Bloomsbury Publishing. Publication date TBA

“Spectacular Colonialism: Naumachia in Children of Blood and Bone.” In Our Mythical History: Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to the Heritage of Ancient Greece and Rome. Ed. Katarzyna Marciniak. Brill. Publication date TBA