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About Emily Blanchard West, PhD

I've taught at St. Kate's since 2005, and I am the editor of the Journal of Indo-European Studies. My complete cv is available here.

I've been fortunate in finding that students engage well with my research and interests. My academic work is primarily concerned with the shared Indo-European inheritance in the Greek and Sanskrit epics, and my "Classical Mythology" course gives me many opportunities to talk about the classical narratives I've published on. I also teach Hindu mythology in my J-term course on history and Hindu myth in Nepal. The rest of my teaching focuses on the history and culture of the classical world in courses like "Ancient Greece," "Ancient Rome," and "Women in Greece and Rome" and a regular course on literature from the ancient world in translation.

The other thing that really excites me is the amazing potential of online courses to meet the specific needs of today's students. A well-designed online course offers everything a f2f class can, but it does so while accommodating busy work schedules and avoiding long commutes. I offer online versions of nearly all my courses, and am phasing in more all the time. The most exciting of these is my Online Sanskrit class, offered through continuing education. The number of universities which offer Sanskrit has been in steady decline since the 90's, and many graduate students and scholars who need it for their research are unable to study it at their home institution. My fully-online version offers a complete basic course in Sanskrit that can be used by anyone on their own timetable.


2005 - Present Professor, History & Classics, St. Catherine University History Department

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present General Editor, The Journal of Indo-European Studies
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  • Ancient Egypt
  • Study Abroad: Medical History in Europe
  • Study Abroad: Hindu and Buddhist Mythology in Nepal
  • ENGL 2260 Literature in Translation
  • Classical Mythology
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Women in Greece and Rome


2004 Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ Greek
1994 MA, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas ‐ Comparative Literature
1991 BA, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan ‐ History

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6069


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