- Greek and Roman history, especially literacy and orality
- Growth of the Roman Empire
- Social and economic history of the Roman Empire
William Vernon Harris, William R. Shepherd Professor of History, specializes in the history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. He received his B.A., M.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. His books include Mental Disorders in the Classical World (2013), The Ancient Mediterranean Environment between Science and History (2013), Rome's Imperial Economy(2011), Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity (2009), Restraining Rage: the Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity (2002), Ancient Literacy (1989), and War and Imperialism in Republican Rome (corrected edition, 1985). His edited books include Rethinking the Mediterranean (2005), The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans (2008), and (co-edited with Kristine Iara) Maritime Technology in the Ancient Economy (2011).
He is the Director of Columbia's Center for the Ancient Mediterranean. Read Harris's articles "The Mediterranean and Ancient History", published in Rethinking the Mediterranean,"Quando e come l’Italia divenne per la prima volta Italia? Un saggio sulla politica dell’identità", and "The Late Republic", from theCambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World.
Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity. Harvard UP, 2009.
Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome, and the Gods (ed. with Brooke Holmes). Brill, 2009.
The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans (ed.). Oxford UP, 2009.
Rethinking the Mediterranean (ed.). Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006.
Ancient Alexandria between Egypt and Greece (ed. with Giovanni Ruffini). Leiden: Brill, 2005.
Restraining Rage: The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2004.
Ancient Literacy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1991.
War and Imperialism in Republican Rome. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1985.