John Grimes Younger

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Classics, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Professor of Classics
Academic Director of Jewish Studies Interim Director of the Center for Global and International Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 1032 and 4029
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 4098

John G. Younger joined the University of Kansas in 2002 as Professor of Classics and of Humanities and Western Civilization; he came from Duke University where he taught for 27 years. He became a full-time member of Classics briefly in the Spring of 2008 before being invited to be the Chair of KU's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2008-2012), then Academic Director of Jewish Studies (2013-present), then the Interim Director of the Center for Global and International Studies (2015-present). He has a BA in History (with majors in Music and Classics also fulfilled) from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Younger's research focuses on the Bronze Age Aegean (especially art, scripts, and administration) and on Classical Greek art (especially architecture and sculpture). He has written books on Minoan-Mycenaean engraved gemstones and on Music in the Aegean Bronze Age, as well as numerous articles on various Bronze Age and Classical topics. Recent work has centered on gender and sexuality (numerous articles and book chapters, as well as the book-encyclopedia Sex in the Ancient World, A-Z [Routledge 2004]), the architecture and sculpture of early synagogues in the upper Galillee region of Israel, an edited volume on the emperor Augustus's building program (Imperium and Cosmos by Paul Rehak, Wisconsin 2006), a monograph-length study, "Technical Observations on the Sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia" (Hesperia 78, 2009, 41-105), "A View from the Sea" (2011), an aesthetic and theoretical reading of the fresco frieze from the West House, Akrotiri, Thera, and contributions to the first preliminary report on the recent excavations at Gournia, Crete (Hesperia 2015). He has three dogs and a cat to keep him sane.


Ph.D., Classics, University of Cincinnati

M.A., Classics, University of Cincinnati

B.A., History with Honors, Stanford University

Teaching Interests

  • Minoan
  • Mycenaean
  • Aegean
  • Greek
  • Classical
  • Archaeology
  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Ancient gender, women, sex
  • Early synagogues

Research Interests

  • The art and archaeology of pre-classical and classical Greece
  • Aegean seals and fingerrings
  • Classical sculpture and architecture
  • Gender and sexuality in the ancient world
  • LGBT/Queer issues in academe
  • Internet technology and humanities computing
  • Ancient synagogues

Selected Publications

""Identifying Myth in Minoan Art." METAPHYSIS. Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age 15th International Aegean Conference. Aegaeum 37. Eds. Eva Alram-Stern, Fritz Blakolmer, Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, and Jörg Weilhartner. Liège and Austin: Université de Liège and the Program in Aegean Prehistory and Scripts, University of Texas, 2016, 433-438. Publisher holds the copyright until 31 December 2019." December 2016.

Upcoming Program Events

Kudos to Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at KU! Dr. Perelmutter is the keynote speaker at the first annual Linguistics Symposium at Ohio State University, themed “Language Away from the Homeland.” Dr. Perelmutter’s research interests include Yiddish and Slavic linguistics, (im)politeness, identity construction, and women’s online discourse. More information about the symposium can be found on the website.

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