I have been teaching at Trinity in the Classical Studies Department since 2010, aside from two years (2013-14, 2015-16) spent on leave in Germany, at the University of Heidelberg, on an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Before I came to Trinity, I worked in the Classics departments at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Her interests include Greek archaic poetry -- especially Homer and the Homeric Hymns -- Greek religion and myth, and the modern reception of ancient poetry.
Current projects include In Search of Penelope: Memory and Female Power in Homer’s Odyssey, a monograph on the reception of the figure of Penelope in the 20th and 21st century, and an essay on the childhood of Heracles for The Oxford Handbook to Heracles, edited by Daniel Ogden.
Nicolle Hirschfeld has excavated at sites (underwater and terrestrial) throughout the eastern Mediterranean and dug through museum basements all over Europe, looking especially for material evidence of interactions among the different cultures of Late Bronze Age Greece, Anatolia, Cyprus, and Egypt. She is deeply(!) involved in the excavation and study of the ships that wrecked at Uluburun and Cape Gelidonya (Turkey) ca. 1300 and 1200 BCE. Other special interests include potmarks (ancient barcodes), the scripts of ancient Cyprus, and seafaring in the ancient Mediterranean.
I am a citizen of the U.S. and U.K., and have studied in Switzerland and Germany. My main passion outside of reading, teaching and research is travel. My research focus is on Homeric epic, which I usually investigate in terms of other material, such as contemporary epic traditions; Near Eastern myth and architecture; and Greek religious practice. I am currently at work on a commentary to the first four Books of the Iliad for Valla (details under “Selected Publications”).
I have been a Professor of Classical Studies at Trinity since 2001, a former chair of the Department, and am currently the Director of the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, a center dedicated to the intersection of pedagogy, technology, and professional development. As director, I foster workshops and training in many areas of educational development, including inclusive classrooms, open resources, active-learning, and civility (a.k.a. difficult dialogues).