Bio

Lena Barsky is a classicist and writer based in Oxford, England.

She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Philosophy, Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Classics (St Anne’s College). She is also the author of CAPS LOCK, a sporadically published e-mail newsletter that started out as one thing and has morphed into something else entirely.

Previously, Lena worked for four years at Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. There, she served as  Director of Program Management & Media and, prior to that, Program Manager for the National Judicial Education Program, which educates judges, attorneys, and justice system professionals about gender bias, sexual assault, and the intersection of sexual assault and domestic violence. Lena has also analyzed election data and researched redistricting at the National Committee for an Effective Congress, covered Supreme Court news for the Brown Political Review, and served on two editorial boards of the Brown Classical Journal.

Lena graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics-Latin, magna cum laude and with honors. In her senior thesis “Mater, Cyrene Mater: Rethinking Narrative in Virgil’s Georgics 4.325-558,” she used a feminist lens to explore narrative structure, female power, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the production of art as equatable to other types of labor. 

To learn more, check out Lena’s resume. To read some of Lena’s writing, a selection of her work is available here.

You can reach Lena on Twitter or via email at lena.barsky@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.