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Joseph O'Neill

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Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography

Joseph R. O’Neill is an Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College, and an affiliated lecturer in Classics (SILC). He is scholar of Greek and Roman literature, culture, and history. In Barrett’s signature course, the Human Event, Joseph uses a range of art and literature from across cultures in different eras to investigate, among other things, the ways in which human societies develop strategies for processing trauma, the centrality of language and culture to the formation and maintenance of personal and social identities, and the species and limits of human knowledge. He teaches a number of courses on aspects of Greek and Roman civilization, especially Greek and Latin literature in all its variety. He also teaches the Greek and Latin langugaes at all levels. He has recently taught courses on gender and sexualities in the Greek and Roman worlds; on the ways in which war, trauma and political violence are both commemorated and systematically forgotten in ancient Mediterranean societies; on powerful Roman women; and on Greek and Roman medicine. He is currently teaching an upper-division seminar on the Roman emperor Nero and the discourses of tyranny.

Joseph is also affiliated with the newly formed certificate program Veterans, Service and Society, and has developed one of the program’s core courses, a seminar on representations of veterans and service in literature and the arts.

Joseph's research is focused on Roman literature and culture, in particular, the ways in which Roman authors created discourses that addressed the role political violence and moral injury played in the development of the Roman social order. 

Education

Ph.D. Classics. University of Southern California, 2015.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
LAT 394Special Topics
HON 394Special Topics
LAT 499Individualized Instruction
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event