Rosa is a classicist with broad interests in Greek antiquity and its complex modern afterlife. Prior to joining King’s in 2016, she studied Classics at Wellesley, Cambridge, and Princeton, and was the first A. G. Leventis Research Fellow at UCL. At King’s she teaches a range of modules in the Departments of Liberal Arts and Classics.
Rosa edited the first ever critical edition of Luis Alfaro's ‘Greek’ plays: The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey, Mojada (Methuen Drama 2020). The book, which draws on her expertise both on Greek tragedy and its rich reception history, was awarded the 2020 London Hellenic Prize. She is also editor of Paths of Song: The Lyric Dimension of Greek Tragedy (De Gruyter 2018) and of Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage (Bloomsbury 2020). Forthcoming and in progress books include the edited volume the Cambridge Companion to Classics and Race, as well as two monographs: Playing the Chorus in Greek Tragedy, which explores the role and performance of the tragic chorus across the fifth century BCE, and Tragedy and Revolución: Refashioning Greek Tragedy in the Hispanic Caribbean, which addresses the reception of ancient Greek drama in Caribbean cultural and theatrical history. She will be on leave during the 2023-2024 academic year to complete the latter monograph, courtesy of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
Rosa is Associate Editor for Greek Literature at the American Journal of Philology. She also sits on the editorial board of two Brazilian Classics journals: Nuntius Antiquus and PhaoS - Revista de Estudos Clássicos. With Justine McConnell she co-edits the new Classics and the Postcolonial book series for Routledge, which publishes monographs, critical editions, and essay collections that explore the invocations and uses of Greco-Roman antiquity in postcolonial contexts across the globe.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- Ancient Greek Tragedy and Comedy
- Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry
- The Ancient Novel
- Reception of Ancient Greek drama in postcolonial and global contexts
- Engagements with Graeco-Roman antiquity across the Americas, and the way that these intersect with questions of gender, race, class, and national identity
Her current research focuses on two distinct but complementary areas: ancient Greek tragedy in its fifth-century BCE context (with an emphasis the tragic chorus) and Greek drama’s modern reception, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as among Latinx communities in the US. Her work on the latter has led to a wider research interest in engagements with Greco-Roman antiquity across the Americas. Her research has benefited from the generous support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the British Academy, the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Fundación BBVA in Spain.
She is particularly interested in supervising PhD students in:
- Ancient Greek Drama
- Reception of Ancient Greek and Roman Drama
- Latin American and Caribbean Classicisms
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