John G. Younger

Professor: Classics
Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Primary office:
213E Bailey Hall


John joined the University in 2002 as Professor of Classics and of Humanities and Western Civilization; he had a short stint as a full-time member of the Classics department (Spring 2008), before being invited to become the director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

He has a BA in Classics from Stanford University (1967), and an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Cincinnati (1969, 1973 respectively).

Professor Younger's research focuses on the Bronze Age Aegean (especially in art [particularly sealstones and engraved fingerrings] and writing [especially Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A] and administration) and on Greek art, especially sculpture. He has written two books on Minoan-Mycenaean sealstones, and another on Music in the Aegean Bronze Age; he has also written numerous articles and reviews on various Bronze Age and Classical topics.

His most recent work has centered on gender and sexuality: "Women in Relief: 'Double Consciousness' in Classical Tombstones," in From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic: Women's Relations to Women in Antiquity, edited by Nancy S. Rabinowitz and Lisa Auanger (Austin: University of Texas Press 2001), "Waist Compression in the Preclassical Aegean," Archaeological News 23 (1998-2000) 1-9; Sex in the Ancient World, A-Z (Routledge Press, fall 2004).

Work-in-progress includes a holistic analysis of Cretan Hieroglyphic, and Greek Art & Archaeology, a Social History (forthcoming; Blackwells Press).

Professor Younger's professional memberships include the American Philological Association (APA), member and former Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), British School of Archaeology at Athens (BSA), KU Oread Rainbow Alliance (KU-ORA), and the Women's Classical Caucus (WCC) and the Lambda Classical Caucus (LCC) of the American Philological Association. He is co-creator and manager of AegeaNet, an email discussion group centered on the pre-classical Aegean world since 1993

Research Areas
The archaeology and art of prehistoric and classical Greece; ancient gender and sexuality.

Teaching Area
Introduction to archaeology, Bronze Age and Classical Greek art, ancient gender and sexuality

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