B.A. (Classics and Philosophy), St. Olaf College, 2009; M.A., Ph.D. (Classics), University of Virginia, 2011, 2016
Hilary Bouxsein '09 began teaching at St. Olaf in 2017. She specializes in ancient Greek poetry, particularly the work of Homer, Hesiod, and Pindar, and has research interestes in Greek epic and lyric poetry as well as Greek tragedy, ancient philosophy, and Greek linguistics. She is at work on a monograph tentatively titled True Lies and Fictional Facts: The Vocabulary and Rhetoric of Truth in Archaic Greece, as well as an article on Odyssean influences in Euripides' Medea. In 2020, she published an article ("That Would Have Been Better: Counterfactual Conditions in Homeric Character Speech") in the journal Mnemosyne; she also contributed a chapter, “Truth be Told: the Rhetoric of Honesty in Odyssey 13-24," to Ab omni parte beatus: Classical Essays in Honor of James M. May (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2017).
An alumna of the Great Conversation herself (2005-06), Prof. Bouxsein has occasionally taught in the program since 2018.
In 2016-2017 she served as Lecturer of Classics at Texas A&M University.
Courses in 2021-22: Semester I = Latin 111B (Beginning Latin I), Latin 231A (Intermediate Latin), Greek 372 (Greek Philosophers); Semester II = Latin 112B (Beginning Latin II), Classics 2xx (World of the Ancient Greeks), Greek 370 (Odysseus in Homer and Tragedy)