Associate Professor Mira Seo graduated with a Classics major from the Swarthmore College Honors program with High Honors in 1995. From 1995-1998 she studied at Christ Church College, Oxford, earning her second BA in Greats. In 2004, she received her PhD in Classics from Princeton University. After teaching at Swarthmore as a visitor, Assoc Prof Seo joined the departments of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan where she was tenured in 2013.
In 2012, Assoc Prof Seo was recruited to join the inaugural faculty of Yale-NUS College, where she contributed to the development of the Common Curriculum and served as Facilitator of Literature and Humanities 1. Assoc Prof Seo has been Head of Studies of Literature since 2016, and is also a co-founder of the Global Antiquity Minor at Yale-NUS College. To facilitate peer classroom observation, Assoc Prof Seo led the team which developed the Open Classroom project, an app that will allow faculty members to book observation sessions in other courses quickly and easily. The team received a Teaching Enhancement Grant (TEG) from the Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to develop this project. In 2019, Assoc Prof Seo received the College’s first Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award.
Assoc Prof Seo specialises in Roman literature of the imperial period, especially Flavian poetry. Her book, Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry (OUP) was published in 2013. She has also published on Juan Latino, an African Latinist in 16th century Granada, and is currently engaged in a co-authored book project on comparative readings in ancient literatures.
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