Rachel Lesser

Assistant Professor




Campus Box 0394


Weidensall Hall
Room 201
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Columbia University, 2006
BA Magdalen College, Oxford University, 2008
MA University of California, Berkeley, 2009
PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Academic Focus

Homer, Greek and Latin poetry, gender and sexuality studies, critical theory

Professor Lesser teaches courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, Greek history, and gender and sexuality in ancient Greece. Her primary research interests are in Greek poetry, art, and culture, and she uses a variety of modern critical theories and approaches in her work. She focuses particularly on desire, gender, and narrative in early Greek poetry, and her first book, Desire in the Iliad: The Force That Moves the Epic and Its Audience, is currently under contract with Oxford University Press. She is also interested in the modern reception of the classics. In addition to her academic work, Professor Lesser devotes her time to outdoor adventures, running and ultimate frisbee, playing the cello, political activism, traveling, and reading for pleasure. She joined the faculty of Gettysburg College in Fall 2016.

Courses Taught