Grace Gillies

A photo of Grace Gillies


  • Ph.D. in Classics | University of California, Los Angeles, expected June 2018
  • M.A. in Classics | University of California, Los Angeles, 2012
    • Constructing Domitia Lucilla (Amy Richlin and Kathryn McDonnell, Readers) 
  • B.A. in Classics; Medieval/Renaissance Studies | Wellesley College, 2010
    • The Development of Garden Imagery in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Liz Young, Adviser)


  • Roman satire and invective literature
  • Theory and ancient concepts of disgust
  • Pompeian graffiti
  • Ancient street and popular culture
  • Slaves and slavery
  • Women and gender
  • Feminist theory
  • Roman homosexuality
  • Roman comedy and theater.


  • Despicable Cities: Urban Sites of Disgust in Roman Satire and Related Genres 
    • Committee: Amy Richlin (Chair), Robert Gurval, Chris Johanson, Maite Zubiaurre (Spanish/Portugese Department

Awards and Honors

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship  | UCLA, 2017-2018
  • Citation for Teaching Excellence | UCLA Classics Department, 2017
  • Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship | UCLA, 2015-2016
    • Undergraduate course designed: “The Lives of Slaves in the Ancient Roman World”
  • Graduate Research Mentorship | UCLA, 2013-2014
    • “The Role of Theater in the Sicilian Slave Revolts” (Kathryn Morgan, Reader)
  • Seinfeld Scholarship | 2006-2010