Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Associate Professor of Classics and is affiliated with the Programs in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies and the University Center for Human Values. A Dominican by birth and New Yorker by upbringing, he holds degrees from Princeton (class of 2006; Latin Salutatorian and recipient of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship), Oxford, and Stanford. 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 (PUP 2020); and he has co-edited Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (CUP 2017). His current projects include a co-authored study of 338 BCE and the origins of Roman imperialism (under contract with HUP), A People’s History of Rome (under contract with PUP), a co-edited volume on new approaches to the Middle Roman Republic, and a co-authored book-length essay on race and racism in the disciplinary identity of the field that has come to be known as Classics. Recent courses include the undergraduate surveys in Roman history (CLA/HIS 218 and 219), Citizenships Ancient and Modern (CLA 310/AAS 311/CHV 314), and Race and the Inhumanities (CLA 342/HUM 348/AAS 356).
Research Interests: Roman history, Latin literature, histories of slavery and citizenship, the ancient Mediterranean in the modern Caribbean, critical race theory