Graduate Student



  • History of the book and ancient book culture

  • Material lives of classical texts

  • Intellectual history

  • Textual Practices in Greek Drama


Cat Lambert received her B.A. in Classics from Princeton University in 2015.  In her thesis, "A Teacher and His Student: Re-Imagining the Renaissance Classroom--A Marginal Study of a Classic Poet," she used a young French pupil's notes on Horace's Odes, taken in 1572, to investigate both the reception of Horace among early modern readers and commentators, as well as Ramism, the influential and fashionable yet highly controversial educational movement of the time.

Before coming to Columbia, Cat served as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College, an all-boys boarding school in the United Kingdom.  As part of Eton's vibrant Classics Department, she taught Latin and Greek, as well as a self-designed elective called, "From English to Elvish: The Land of Imaginary Languages," and coached rugby. Cat is also an advocate of active Latin and ancient Greek pedagogy. She teaches for the Paideia Institute’s medieval Latin program in Paris and ancient Greek program in Greece. 

In her research, Cat integrates book historical approaches with literary and performance criticism in order to situate material texts in a larger, social world, showing how books and other inscribed objects participate in the construction of gender, style, status, etc. She is currently working on two projects: one on ancient Roman bookworms (the entomological variety), and the other on book roles in Attic Comedy.