Kate Meng Brassel

Graduate Student

618 Hamilton Hall


  • Satire
  • Philosophy of the early Roman Empire
  • Music
  • Engaged pedagogy

Kate is writing her dissertation, “A Comedy of Philosophers,” on the Neronian satirist Persius and his relationship to Greek literary and philosophical traditions, including Plato and Aristophanes. Her interest in the discourses of Persius' contemporaries has now extended to Epictetus, on whose diatribes she is working in parallel to her dissertation. Kate is committed to engaged pedagogy as a means of empowerment and change. In her spare time, Kate has dabbled in musical composition for Roman verse.

B.A .Columbia, M.Phil. Cambridge, M.A. Princeton