Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics; Faculty, Language and Thinking Program
Primary Academic Program: Classical Studies
Biography:B.A., Bard College; M.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago (classics). Rana’s research focuses on the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in ancient literary criticism, ancient and modern theories of emotion, and the history of conceptualizing fiction. Her first book, Tragic Pleasure from Homer to Plato (Cambridge 2017) uses Greek poetry and Plato’s philosophy to explain the appeal of tragedy and explore the non-cognitive value of aesthetic engagement. Rana has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a fellowship from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the University of Chicago Century Fellowship. She previously taught at the University of Chicago and the Bard Prison Initiative (2013–16), where she still serves as a guest lecturer and organizes seminars. She joined the Bard College faculty in 2016.