Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • Michael Leese completed his Ph.D. in the University of Michigan’s interdepartmental program in Greek and Roman history. Previously, he earned a B.A. in classics and an M.A. in Latin education at the University of Connecticut as well as an M.A. in classics at the University of British Columbia. He also had the good fortune of being bussed around the beautiful countryside of Greece as a fellow and regular member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens during the 2011-12 academic year. In 2014-15, he served as the first postdoctoral associate with the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project at UNH in the Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies. His research interests focus on the economic history of the ancient Greek world, as well as the evolution of capitalism throughout world history. In his teaching, he draws upon a wide array of interdisciplinary theory to demonstrate how the ancient world can provide a useful perspective on problems in the world today. Courses he teaches at UNH include pre-modern world history, economic history, Greco-Roman history, and historical methodology. He is currently finishing his first book project based on his dissertation, entitled “Making Money in Ancient Greece,” and has also been awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship from Harvard University for the fall of 2018 to begin his next major project, which explores the effects of ancient Greek institutions on economic growth and development.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Lysias and a Forgotten Law on the Administration of Orphans’ Estates in Classical AthensDike: rivista di storia del diritto greco ed ellenistico.  19:107-125. 2018
    2017 Kapêloi and Economic Rationality in Fourth-Century BCE AthensIllinois Classical Studies.  42:41-59. 2017

    Book

    Year Title
    2017 Deeds of the Bishops of Cambrai, Translation and Commentary 2017

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2017 An Economic Perspective on Marriage Alliances in Ancient Greece.  32-45. 2017

    Teaching Activities

  • Class&Hellenistic Greek Worlds Taught course 2019
  • World History to 16th Century Taught course 2019
  • Roman Empire Taught course 2018
  • Sem/Rich vs Poor Taught course 2018
  • Honors/Drugs, Addict Wrld Hist Taught course 2017
  • Independent Study Taught course 2017
  • World History to 16th Century Taught course 2017
  • Class&Hellenistic Greek Worlds Taught course 2017
  • Coll/Gender and Sexuality Taught course 2017
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2016
  • World History to 16th Century Taught course 2016
  • Roman Empire Taught course 2016
  • Sem/Rich vs Poor Taught course 2016
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2015
  • World History to 16th Century Taught course 2015
  • The Origins of Capitalism Taught course 2015
  • The Origins of Capitalism Taught course 2014 - 2015
  • Hellenic & Roman Institutions Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Classics, University of Connecticut
  • M.A. Latin Teacher Education, University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D. Greek History/Lit, University of Michigan
  • Full Name

  • Michael Leese