Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Classics; AAS (associated); PLAS, Latino Studies, UCHV (affiliated)

Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 is Associate Professor of Classics and an associated faculty member of the Department of African American Studies. He also holds affiliations with the Programs in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies and the University Center for Human Values. He is the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin 2015) and Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle Roman Republic (Princeton University Press 2020); and he has co-edited Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (Cambridge University Press 2017). Projects currently in the works include an edited volume on new approaches to the Middle Roman Republic (co-edited with Seth Bernard and Lisa Mignone; Cambridge University Press), a study of 338 BCE and the origins of Roman imperialism (co-authored with Denis Feeney; Harvard University Press), A People’s History of Rome (Princeton University Press), and a manifesto on race and racism in the disciplinary identity of Classics (co-authored with Sasha-Mae Eccleston). He has written for the public-facing Classics journal Eidolon and published pieces for The Guardian, Matter, Vox, the NYT, Fabulist, and diaphanes.

Research Interests:  Ancient history, Roman history and religion, history of migration, history of slavery, Black Studies