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College of Arts and Sciences

Nicole Giannella

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:


Academic focus: 

Roman slavery and law

Current research project:

My book manuscript, “The Mind of a Slave: The Limits of Ownership in Roman Law and Society,” and a couple of interrelated articles about the legal and cultural status of former slaves in Rome. 

Previous positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Utah, 2017-2018
  • Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Classics, Cornell University, 2014-2017

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Classics, University of Southern California, 2014
  • B.A., Latin and political science, Vassar College, 2006

Last book read:

“Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West” by William Cronon

In your own time/when not working:

Listening to music, eating good food, running

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Roman Law, Race and Identity Across the Ancient World, Law and Citizenship from Ancient to Modern Times

What most excites you about Cornell:

Collaborating with other faculty interested in the history of law and slavery