Lien van Geel

Graduate Student


  • Sisterhood and Sibling Studies in Latin and Greek Literature

  • Gender Studies in Antiquity

  • Intertextuality

  • Reception

Lien Van Geel, originally from Belgium, graduated in May 2016 summa cum laude with honors in Classics and English from Mississippi State University. Her senior honors thesis focused on Shakespeare's use of Ovidian myth in Titus Andronicus and The Winter's Tale, more particularly in terms of female agency and speech.

At Columbia, Lien has been working on sleep in Latin Literature and sibling studies in Greek Literature for her M.Phil papers, and remains interested in gender studies, intertextuality, and reception in Classics. She received a graduate certificate in Gender Studies through the Institute of Research for Women's and Gender Studies in the 2018-2019 academic year. Currently, she is working on her dissertation prospectus; she will be examining male attitudes towards sisterhood in Latin verse ranging from Plautus to Ovid to Seneca. She has been a Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Latin I and Intermediate Greek I in the 2017-2018 academic year, a Teaching Fellow for Intermediate Latin I (Catullus and Cicero) and Elementary Latin II in the 2018-2019 academic year, and will be teaching the Elementary Greek I and II sequence in the 2019-2020 academic year.

When in Belgium, Lien works as a language tutor in Latin, Greek, Flemish, English, and French. In her leisure time, Lien enjoys playing tennis and running, attending concerts and the opera, and going to museums and swing dancing.