Caresse Jackson-Alger

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Caresse Jackson

Caresse Jackson-Alger is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her research interests include Race and the History of Classicism; Classical Literature, Literary Painting, and the Paragone; Classica Africana with an emphasis on Hellenism in the Black Atlantic; and Race in the Mediterranean.
Caresse graduated summa cum laude from CUNY Hunter with a BA in English Literature and minors in Classics, Philosophy, and Art History. She was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and is now a President's Fellow at Princeton University.


Latin, Spanish, Italian, Ancient Greek

Selected Presentations

"The Odyssey in Antebellum America," a guest lecture at the University of Oregon, 2021

"Frederick Douglass and the Classics," presented at the Classics Graduate Colloquium at Ohio State University, 2020

“Madison Washington: A Black Odyssean Hero in Antebellum America,” presented at the Journal of the History of Ideas Graduate Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania, 2019

“Knowingness and Oedipus’ Humanity,” presented at Hunter College Undergraduate Research Conference, 2017

“Orientalism and the Dionysian in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea,” presented at the 2016 MMUF New York City Regional Undergraduate Conference at Hunter College

Selected Publications

“Orientalism and the Dionysian in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea.The Hunter College Journal

of Philosophy, Fall 2016, pp. 41—51.

Selected Honors and Awards

Eric Kahler Fellowship

Merit Grant from the Center for Human Values

The Department of African American Studies’ Tate-Taylor Prize

Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Studies Award

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