Shadi Bartsch, the W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics at Brown University, works on the literature and culture of early Imperial Rome. She has published four monographs on topics varying from concepts of self-knowledge in the ancient world, the theatricality of politics in imperial Rome, the ancient novel, and the poet Lucan; she has also edited four other books. She is currently working on ancient views of metaphor, especially as a didactic tool. She is the winner of several teaching awards and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the ACLS, among others. Bartsch obtained her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she went on to teach in the Departments of Classics and Rhetoric for 7 years. In 1998 she moved to the University of Chicago, where she was the Ann L. and Lawrence Buttenwieser Professor of Classics. She accepted her current position at Brown in 2008.