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Debbie Felton

Professor | Undergraduate Program Director

(413) 545-5780

533 Herter Hall

Debbie Felton has a B.A. in English & Latin from UCLA, and an M.A. in Greek and Ph.D. in Classics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at UMass since 1999. The interdisciplinary nature of her research interests has led to her focus on folklore in classical literature, with particular attention to the supernatural and the monstrous. She has been Editor of the journal Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural (Penn State Press) since 2015, and has served as Associate Review Editor for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts for many years.

Professor Felton's current projects include editing A Cultural History of Fairy Tales: Antiquity (Bloomsbury Press) and The Oxford Handbook of Monsters in Classical MythHer book Monsters and Monarchs: Serial Killers in Classical Myth and History (University of Texas Press), which discusses the evidence for serial killers in ancient Greece and Rome, is scheduled for publication in July 2021.

Research Areas

  • Folklore in classical literature
  • Monsters and monstrosity
  • Classical tradition & reception



Recent Articles & Book Chapters

Awards and Accolades

  • ADVANCE Faculty Fellow, 2020-21
  • Student Centered Teaching and Learning Fellowship, TEFD, 2015-16
  • Provost’s Exceptional Merit Award for Teaching, 2014-15
  • CAMWS Award for Excellence in College Teaching, 2013-14
  • CHFA Outstanding Teacher Award, 2012-13

Courses Recently Taught

  • Classics 250: Western Medicine and Medical Terminology
  • Classics 330: Witchcraft and Magic in the Greek and Roman Worlds
  • Classics 494PI: Herodotus and the Persian Wars
  • Latin 460: Apuleius ("Cupid & Psyche")
  • Latin 462: Classical and Medieval Latin Ghost Stories
  • Greek 452/696: Herodotus
  • Greek 475: Lucian ("A True Story")