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Academic Biography

Dr. Jewell is an historian of ancient Rome and the Mediterranean more generally.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, he made his way to New York City, where he gained his PhD in Classical Studies at Columbia University, including a research year in Rome, Italy. Dr. Jewell taught at Georgetown University before joining the history department at Rutgers University – Camden. He is currently at work on a monograph entitled, Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire, 149 BCE – 79 CE. He has also excavated at the Villa Adriana, Italy, as a member of the Columbia University APAHA excavations, and maintains a strong interest in Roman art and archaeology, as well as Latin literature and epigraphy. He is a member of the steering committee for the Gender Studies program and co-directs the Rutgers – Camden History Club.

For the 2022-23 academic year, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and from 2024-26 he will serve as the Director of the Classical Summer School there (founded in 1923).

Recent News:

2024 Spring Courses

  • Sabbatical.


Office Phone: (856) 225-2813

Office: Room 102, Department of History, 429 Cooper Street [A map to my office is available here!]

My Pronouns: He/his/him

Email: evan.jewell AT

Personal Website:

Academic Twitter: @quidamabo

In-Person and Zoom Office Hours

Spring 2024: by appointment only.


Ph.D. Classical Studies, Columbia University, 2019.

M.Phil. Classical Studies, Columbia University, 2015.

M.A. Classical Studies, Columbia University, 2014.

Bachelor of Ancient History (Honours), High First I, University Medal, Macquarie University (Australia), 2011.

Other Training:

Visiting Student, Sapienza – Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, 2018-19.

Certificate in Latin Epigraphy, British School at Rome, 2014.

Fellowships and Grants (External)

Getty Research Institute Library Grant, Los Angeles, July-August 2023.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize in Ancient Studies, American Academy in Rome, 2022-23.



In preparation, Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire (149 BCE – 79 CE).

Under contract, (eds) S. Ferruh Adalı, B. Gray, S. Hakenbeck, E. Isayev, E. Jewell, T. Kaçar, L. Mazurek, J. Mokrišová, Mobility in Antiquity: Rethinking the Ancient World through Movement. Routledge Rewriting Antiquity series: anticipated for 2024.

with Isayev, E. (2017-23), Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, Special Issue of Humanities 6 (3). Open-Access. Print edition: 2023.

Articles and Book Chapters

(forthcoming), “Wayfinding in the Roman City: A Subaltern Spatial Modality,” special issue of Antichthon, eds. M. Lewis and A. Russell.

(2023), with Elena Isayev, Gerawork Teferra Gizaw and Marcia Schenck, “On Displacement and the Humanities—An Introduction,” in Isayev, E. and Jewell, E. (eds), Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, Special Issue of Humanities 12(4), 81: 1-19. Open-access.

(2023), “Remembering Differently: The exemplarity of populares as a site of ideological contest in late Republican oratory.” in Dinter, M. & Guérin, C. (eds), Cultural Memory in Republican and Augustan Rome. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 183-202.

(2023), “Concepts of Youth,” in Laes, C. & Vuolanto, V. (eds), The Cultural History of Youth in Antiquity. Bloomsbury Press: London, 15-40.

(2020), “Fashioning an imperial aetas: Nero’s portrait, the depositio barbae, and the Iuvenalia.” in de Angelis, F. (ed.), Emperors in Images, Architecture, and Ritual: Augustus to Fausta. Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA), vol.5, Archaeological Institute of America (AIA): Boston, M.A: 17-40.

(2019), “(Re)moving the Masses: Colonisation as Domestic Displacement in the Roman Republic.” in Isayev, E. and Jewell, E. (eds), Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, Special Issue of Humanities 6 (3): 1-41. Open Access: Download here.

(2018), “Like father, like son? The dynamics of family exemplarity and ideology in (fragmentary) Republican oratory.” in van der Blom, H., Gray, C., & Steel, C. (eds), Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome: speech, audience, and decision. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 267-282.

Reviews: Sehepunkte 19 (2019) 7/8 – F. Knopf. Ancient History Bulletin (2019) 9 – L. Hodgson. JRS (2020) – R. Morstein-Marx.

(2012), with Angela Brew, “Enhancing quality learning through experiences of research-based learning: Implications for academic development,” International Journal for Academic Development 17: 47-58.

Book Reviews

(2021), review in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2021.08.07) of: Loar, Matthew, Sarah Murray and Stefano Rebeggiani (ed.), (2019), The cultural history of Augustan Rome: texts, monuments, and topography. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. Available here: 

(2016), [Review Article] “Another social history of Roman “youth”, with questions about its restlessness”, Journal of Roman Archaeology, 29: 642-650. Review of: Laes, C. & Strubbe, J. (2014), Youth in the Roman Empire. The Young and the Restless Years? Cambridge University Press.

Response from C. Laes in Saelesianum 79 (2017) 717-732.

Public Scholarship

(2021),The Classicists in the History Department: Do We Face a Post-Classics Future?”, American Historical Association, Perspectives Daily, September 28 [online publication].

Selected Recent and Upcoming Talks

(+ by invitation)

  • +“Making Roman Youths at Pompeii: The Ethics of Appropriation from Guglielmo Plüschow to Matteo Della Corte,” Classics Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, Fall [date TBC], 2024.
  • Not In His Own Words: The Ethics of Speech Writing in the Roman Republic,” Crafting a Lie. Forgeries in the Classical Tradition, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, May 8-10, 2024.
  • The Body Work and Biohacking of the Boy: Body Hair, Somatic Technologies and the Enslaved Puer in the Roman Empire,” Slavery and Technology in Greco-Roman Worlds, University of California – Davis, January 26-27, 2024.
  • +“Reading Rome through Death”, keynote address, Critical Antiquities Network conference Reading Rome, Rome, June 30, 2023.
  • +”Unmapping Rome: Wayfinding toward subaltern topographies and spatiality in the Roman city“, Babcock Lecture Series, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS), Rome, April 12, 2023.
  • +“Re-thinking the bearded portraits of the Julio-Claudian family: The depositio barbae from subaltern ritual to dynastic event?” Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica, Rome, March 27, 2023.
  • +with Elle Pérez “RITES”, Shoptalk (short film and conversation), The American Academy in Rome, March 20, 2023.
  • +“Transphobia and the trans* man in the tribas,” Classics and Ancient History Seminar, Durham University, UK, March 9, 2023.
  • +“Wayfinding toward Subaltern Topographies of Ancient Rome.” Classics and Ancient History Work in Progress Seminar, Warwick University, UK, March 8, 2023.
  • Transphobia and the trans* man in the tribas.” Conforming, Reforming, Trans*forming: Interrogating the Intersections of Trans Studies and Classics, Lambda Classical Caucus Panel, 2023 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, New Orleans, January 5-8, 2023.
  • Slaves to Rome, Freedmen to the Colonies: Freedmen and Colonization in the Middle Republic.” Anchoring Ancient Colonization, Groningen University, Netherlands, December 1-2, 2022.
  • Same-Sex Rape in the Roman Military: Catullus (c. 15, 28) and the Poetics of Homosociality,” Ancient Rape Cultures: Graeco-Roman and Judeo-Christian, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae (The Finnish Institute in Rome), October 27-28, 2022.
  • The aedileship, the agricultural handbook and the villa from Cato the Elder to Varro.” AgroCCol conference, Text and Practice: Interdisciplinary Dialogues on the Status of the Agricultural Treatise, HiSoMa – Lyon, France, June 1-3, 2022.
  • Notes from the Post-Classics Future: Classics without its core?”, Res Difficiles 2022: A Digital Conference on Challenges and Pathways for Addressing Inequity in Classics, May 20, 2022 [online].
  • Slaves to Rome, Freedmen to the Colonies: Freedmen, Citizenship and Colonization in the Middle Republic.Association of Ancient Historians (AAH), University of California San Diego, April 28-30, 2022. [online]
  • +with Elena Isayev, “Displacement and the Role of the Humanities: Towards a Manifesto?”, Mediterranean Displacements Project, Rutgers University – Newark, April 27, 2022. [online webinar]
  • +“The Puer in the Princeps.” Respondent: Amy Richlin (UCLA). Lees Seminar, Rutgers University – Camden, March 25, 2022. [online]
  • +“Wayfinding towards Subaltern and Shared Topographies of the Roman City,” Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW) graduate program, University of Pennsylvania, March 4, 2022.
  • Beyond the city walls: Varro, the aedileship and the villa,” Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Annual Conference 43, Hobart, Australia, February 8-11, 2022. [online]
  • +“Getting Lost and Finding Yourself in Ancient Rome,” Department of Classics, Princeton University, December 9, 2021.
  • +“Seeing Rome from the Streets: Wayfinding towards a Subaltern Topography of the City of Rome,” Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Bryn Mawr College, October 1, 2021.
  • Wayfinding among the Living and the Dead: Monuments, Prepositions and Spatial Identities at Rome.” at The Spatial Turn in Roman Studies II, Durham University, UK, December 2-3, 2020. [online].
  • +“Slaves to Rome, Freedmen to the Colonies: Philip V, Roman colonization and freedmen in the 3rd-2nd centuries BCE.” at The Politics of Empire in the Roman Republic: The Forum Unbounded (280 BCE – 20 CE), Villa Le Balze, Fiesole, Italy, April 28 – May 2, 2020. [indefinitely postponed]
  • Rediscovering Rome’s Youth: Iuventas in Early and Augustan Rome.” at Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 34, Boston University, USA, July 10-12, 2020. [indefinitely postponed]
  • Street View: Monuments, Prepositions and the Creation of Spatial Identities at Rome.” at North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (NACGLE), Washington D.C., January 5-7, 2020.
  • +“Rome’s Next Generation: Youth Agency in the Late Republic and Augustan Age.” at Taking the lead in late Republican and early Imperial Rome: office, agency and initiative, University of Bielefeld, Germany, July 15-16, 2019.
  • Upending Age Models: Octavian from puer to iuvenis.” at The Roman Civil Wars of 49-30 BCE: Analyzing the Breakdown of Models, The British School at Rome, Italy, July 22-24, 2019.
  • Fashioning an imperial aetas: Nero’s portrait, the depositio barbae, and the Iuvenalia.” at Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting (January 4-7), Boston, January 5, 2018.