George Baroud

George Baroud

George Baroud is a classicist who studies Greek and Roman rhetoric, historiography, the philosophy of history, as well as the reception of classical literature in Arab and Islamic countries. Currently he’s working on a monograph tentatively entitled Tacitus’ Annals and Historical Aesthetics.

He joined Emerson College in the fall of 2012 as a Writing, Literature and Publishing professor. His courses cover Greek and Roman rhetoric; Greek literature and philosophy; classical reception of culture in Arabic and Islamic worlds; as well as theory of history.

Early Life and Education

George Baroud has an extensive educational background encompassing multiple countries and languages. He holds a PhD in Classics from New York University (NYU), was the inaugural Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow, and is now an Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, MA. His research interests lie in Greek/Roman rhetoric/historiography; history theory; and classical literature’s reception within Arab/Islamic worlds. Additionally, he has won multiple awards for his teaching and mentorship work including two years consecutively receiving NYU’s Jose Vazquez teaching award for Excellence.

He is an accomplished photographer with interests in social documentary and travel photography. Recently, he began photographing ancient sites in Lebanon to preserve a piece of its rich cultural heritage.

Professional Career

George Baroud is a classicalist whose research interests span early imperial Roman literature, politics and culture; Greek and Roman rhetoric and historiography; as well as the theory and philosophy of history. Additionally, he has an intense curiosity for how Classical works have been received in Arabic and Islamic worlds.

George is an instructor in Writing, Literature and Publishing within the Humanities department at Emerson College. Previously the inaugural Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Liberal Studies at NYU, he has received multiple awards for teaching and mentoring excellence. He is currently working on a monograph, tentatively entitled Tacitus’ Annals and the Aesthetics of History, as well as three book chapters for edited volumes: reading practices in early empire (Brill); friendship and politics in Valerius Maximus (Brill); and cultural memory in Tacitus’ Agricola (Cambridge). In addition to his academic pursuits, George has also been an accomplished social documentary photographer since 2010. His latest project involves conserving classical sites in Lebanon.

Achievements and Honors

George Baroud is a professor of Literature and Classics whose scholarly interests span Greek and Roman rhetoric and historiography; philosophy of history; as well as classical literature and culture in Arab and Islamic societies. Additionally, George is an accomplished photographer with specialties in social documentary photography and travel photography.

One of his greatest successes was the development of an innovative model for online learning and teaching that has been adopted across campus. Notably, this initiative has resulted in significant improvements to student success and engagement; a recent study revealed that those who participated achieved greater academic and professional satisfaction than their peers without it. Furthermore, it created an inclusive and supportive learning community.

Personal Life

George Baroud is a Classicist whose research interests span Greek and Roman rhetoric and historiography; philosophy of history; as well as Classical literature and culture in Arabic/Islamic worlds. He holds an Assistant Professor position in Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College Boston.

He earned his PhD in Classics at NYU, where he also served as Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies (2015-18). His teaching accolades include two consecutive years receiving NYU’s Jose Vazquez Teaching Award.

His book, My Father Was a Freedom Fighter, beautifully weaves together his personal experience with an inspiring narrative of Palestinian struggle for justice. It is an inspiring account, dedicated to upholding the same principles countless Palestinians living in small refugee camps cherish.

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