John G. Younger, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Classics, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Professor of Classics
Director of Jewish Studies
Primary office:
785-864-3263
Wescoe Hall
Room 1032
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
785-864-6828
Wescoe Hall
Room 4029



John G. Younger joined the University of Kansas in 2002 as Professor of Classics; he came from Duke University where he taught for 27 years. He has also taught in the department of Humanities and Western Civilization, has been chair of Classics (2004-5) and of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2008-12), and now is the Director of Jewish Studies (2013-presemt). 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; he is currently involved with the Gournia Excavation Project and will be publishing the Minoan pottery workshop he excavated there. He also publishes 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 (e.g., the book chapter "Minoan Women" in Women in Antiquity [2016], the book-encyclopedia Sex in the Ancient World, A-Z [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, 2006), a monograph-length study, "Technical Observations on the Sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia" [Hesperia 78, 2009, 41-105], and "A View from the Sea" in The Seascape in Aegean Prehistory [2011]. He has three dogs, a cat, and several chickens to keep him sane. As well as a husband, Cody Haynes.

Education

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

Younger, John. "Identifying Myth in Minoan Art." METAPHYSIS. Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age 15th International Aegean Conference. Aegaeum 37. Ed. Eva Alram-Stern, Ed. Fritz Blakolmer, Ed. Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Ed. Jörg Weilhartner. Liège and Austin: Université de Liège and the Program in Aegean Prehistory and Scripts, University of Texas, December 2016. 433-438. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/22734.


Upcoming Program Events
Dr. Perelmutter to be first Director of Undergraduate Studies!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter will be the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Jewish Studies Program! Dr. Perelmutter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Slavic. She will begin her position as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Fall 2017 semester.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

More Kudos!

Dr. Gal Levy, former Visiting Israeli Professor at KU, has won first prize for best article in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association. The article looks at the post-protest protest in Israel and Dr. Levy gives acknowledgments to the KU Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Levy currently teaches at the Open University in Israel. He will be a guest speaker at KU on August 23, his lecture is titled, "Citizenship in Crisis in Contemporary Israel".

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