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Michele Valerie Ronnick, Professor     

Wayne State University, Detroit,MI

Dept. of Classical and ModernLanguages, Literatures and Cultures         


Education: Ph.D. Boston University, 1990 Classical Studies


• 2007 Resolution passed in honor of my work of WilliamSanders Scarborough by the Bibb County Board of Commissioners,  Macon, GA, May 15, 2007.

• 2006 Outreach Prize for The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: AnAmerican Journey from Slavery to Scholarship,  (Wayne State University Press, 2005) and for “PhotoInstallation:12 Black Classicists,” (James Loeb Classical Library Foundation, Department of theClassics,  Harvard University),American Philological Association, San Diego, CA, January, 2007.

•2006  Key to the City of Macon, GA,presented by Mayor C. Jack Ellis for The Autobiography of William SandersScarborough: An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship,  (Wayne State University Press, 2005),  November, 2006.

•Proclamation from the City of Sarasota, Florida   declaring March 12, 2005 Michele Valerie Ronnick Dayin   honor of my work onWilliam Scarborough and black classicism.

•2003and 2004, James Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grants, Harvard Universityfor "12 Black Classicists."

•2002Ovatio, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Austin TX.

•2002Award for Best Article of the Year, “William Sanders Scarborough: The FirstAfrican American Member of the Modern Language Association,” Publications ofthe Modern Language Association Special Millennium Edition 115 (2002) 1787-1793, Women’s ClassicalCaucus.

•2001-1994Eleven Awards from Classical Association of the Middle West and South forvarious projects on the Committee for the Promotion of Latin.

•2000Award for Excellence in Teaching, Detroit Classical Association, Detroit.

•1998President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University.

•1997Award for Teaching Excellence, American Philological Association, Chicago,December.

•1994Classical  and Modern Literature’s  Incentive Award for Younger Scholars,Ball State University.



1) Cicero’s Paradoxa Stoicorum:  A Commentary, an Interpretation, and aStudy of Its Influence, Band 62 in the series Studien zur klassischen Philologie introduced andedited by Michael von Albrecht, 1991, Peter Lang. v + 259 pages, 7 illus.,paperback.

2) The Autobiography of William SandersScarborough (1852-1926): An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship.416 pages, 16 illustrations, introduction and index.   Forward by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Wayne StateUniversity Press,  2005.


3) The Works  of William SandersScarborough:  Black Classicist andRace Leader, edited, introduced, and index, 560 pages. Forward by HenryLouis Gates, Jr.   OxfordUniversity Press, 2006.


Pamphlets:  Teachingthe Classical Tradition, eds. Emily Albu and Michele Valerie Ronnick,American Philological Association, 1999. 48 pages, paperback. 


The First Three African American Members of the American PhilologicalAssociation, AmericanPhilological Association, 2001. 16 pages, paperback. 


Articles: Over 100Refereed Journal Articles and Notes Published/Accepted:   Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society; New EnglandQuarterly; Classical Journal; Rivista di Cultura Classica e Medioevale; Arion;Melville Society Extracts; American Journal of Philology; Maia; Classical andModern Literature; Mnemosyne; Museum Helveticum; PoeStudies/Dark Romanticism;Medievalia et Humanistica ; Milton Quarterly;  Phoenix; Eranos; Allegorica; Scholia; Negro History Bulletin; Negro Educational Review ;Early American  Literature;  Notes and Queries; Explicator;Classical  Outlook;  English  Language Notes; Bulletin of the Jamaican Historical Society; Helios; Res PublicaLitterarum;  Journal ofAmerican  Culture; Emerson SocietyPapers; Cromwelliana; Publications of the Modern Language Association; GermanicNotes and Reviews; Humanistica Lovaniensia; Journal of Blacks in HigherEducation; Mississippi Quarterly; Encyclopedia Africana. 



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