Kristina Meinking

Assistant Professor of Classical Languages in the Department of World Languages and Cultures
Carlton Building 230B
2125 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5894

Brief Biography

Prof. Meinking joined the Elon faculty in Fall 2010 after completing her PhD at the University of Southern California.  In her time at Elon, her courses have included those in the beginning and intermediate Latin sequence, Introduction to Classical Studies, Magic and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Classical Mythology, and Culture of Greece/Rome.   Her research interests include Late Antique religion, politics, and intellectual history as well as Latin pedagogy and Roman topography. 


PhD (2010). Classics.  University of Southern California.  Los Angeles, CA.  Dissertation: Anger Matters: Politics and Theology in the Fourth Century CE.

BA (2002).  Classics and Religion.  Skidmore College.  Saratoga Springs, NY.

Employment History

Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin and Classical Studies 
Director of the Classical Studies Program
Dept. of Foreign Languages, Elon University

Fall 2009

Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Classics, Scripps College


2007 – 2009

Instructor, Dept. of Classics, Univ. of Southern California


2006 – 2009

Research Assistant to Getty Scholars: The Getty Villa, Malibu, CA


2003 – 2006

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Classics, Univ. of Southern California


Courses Taught

LAT 121.  Elementary Latin I.

LAT 122.  Elementary Latin II.

LAT 221.  Intermediate Latin I.

LAT 222.  Intermediate Latin II.

CLA 110.  Introduction to Classical Studies.

GST 352.  Classical Mythology.

GST 402.  Magic and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World.

GST 262.  Culture of Greece.

GST 243.  Culture of ancient Rome.

Current Projects

Over the summer and fall of 2011, Prof. Meinking worked on three articles related to both her area of research and her teaching.  She is currently in the process of transforming her PhD dissertation into a book-length study as well as writing two additional essays.  One of these examines Lactantius' use of Cicero; the other seeks to elucidate the relationship between Plato and Lactantius.  Both focus, as does the monograph, on Lactantius' De ira Dei ('On the Anger of God'), a translation of which she will prepare during the summer of 2012.



The Rhetoric of Anger: Lactantius and the Shaping of Christian Intellectual Discourse

(proposal currently under consideration)




‘Eusebius and Lactantius: Rhetoric, Philosophy, and Christian Theology’ in Johnson, A. and Schott, J. (eds.). Eusebius and the Making of Late Antique Literary Culture. Harvard University Press: Center for Hellenic Studies.

(accepted by the editors)


‘Anger and Adjudication: the Political Relevance of De ira Dei

(submitted to Journal of Late Antiquity, July 2011)





Sebesta, Judith L. and Mark Haynes. Cicero: a Legamus transitional reader. The Legamus reader series. Mundelein, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2010. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. November 3, 2011.



Jan. 2012 Annual Meeting, American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA
‘Learning Latin Step-by-Step: a non-traditional approach to the second semester course.’  Poster Session, Saturday 7 January, 2:00-4:00pm

Nov. 2011 Annual Meeting, Society for Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA

‘Eusebius and Lactantius: Rhetoric, Philosophy, and Christian Theology’

Invited Speaker: ‘Eusebius the Theologian’ Panel


August 2011 Elon University Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, Elon, NC

Session Co-Leader: ‘Stepping up to SCALE-UP’


Jan. 2011 Annual Meeting, American Philological Association, San Antonio, TX

‘Strategies of Separation: Lactantius and Constantine on Church and State’

Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions Panel: ‘Civic Strife’


Jan. 2007 Annual Meeting, American Philological Association, San Diego, CA

Habet igitur ira in Deo materiam: Divine Wrath in Pagan and Christian Belief’

Three-Year Colloquium on the Emotions in Antiquity


March 2006 Graduate Student Conference, Pappas Patristic Institute, Brookline, MA

‘Divining Anger: Lactantius’ De ira Dei


May 2004 Feminism and Classics IV, Tucson, AZ - Plenary Session

‘Seducing the Court: Lysias I and the Eros of Persuasion’

Service Activities

Fall 2011

Director, Classical Studies Program/Interdisciplinary Minor

Faculty Advisor, Elon University Classics Club (formed September 2011)

Member, Dept. of Foreign Languages Research Group, Elon Univ.

Participant, Sunoikisis meeting: elementary Greek sequence (Oct. 1-2, 2011)



Five-Year Planning Committee, Dept. of Foreign Languages

Member, Smaller Language Programs Committee, Elon Univ.

Member, Classical Studies Program/Interdisciplinary Minor Advisory Board

Participant, ‘Late Antiquity at 40.’  Meeting at National Humanities Center

(March 25-26, 2011)


ongoing Member of American Philological Society and Society for Biblical Literature


Summer 2011 New Faculty Development Award, Provost’s Office, Elon Univ.

Summer Stipend Award, Dean’s Office, Elon Univ.


Spring 2011 Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant, Elon

‘Efficient and Integrated Learning: the iPad in a modified SCALE-UP approach to second-semester Latin’


Summer 2010 Final Summer Dissertation Award, The Graduate School, USC


Spring 2010 Doctoral Research Award, Center for Religion & Civic Culture, USC


Spring 2008 Departmental Teaching Award (Elementary Latin)


Fall 2007 Departmental Teaching Award (Advanced Greek)


Spring 2004 Research Travel Grant, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC

‘Adaptation and Continuation of Cult in Roman Sicily’