Trudy Harrington Becker

Trudy Harrington Becker

Trudy Harrington Becker

Associate Chair and Senior Instructor


430 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061




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Awards and Honors


  • Ancient Rome
  • Classical Studies
  • Women's Studies

Professional Activities

  • Associate Chair, Department of History, 2011
  • State Vice President for Virginia, Classical Association of the Middle West and South
  • President, Academy of Teaching Excellence, 2012-13
  • Co-Coordinator, Classical Studies Program
  • Webmaster, Classical Studies Program


  • Ph.D. University of Florida
  • M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. College of the Holy Cross

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    William E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015.

    Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education, Virginia Tech, March 2014.

    Excellence in International Initiatives, Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2013.

    Selected Publications


    • "Broadening Access to a Classical Education: Virginia State Colleges in the Nineteenth Century," Classical Journal 96.3 (2001) 309-322.
    • "A Source for Ideology: The Classical Education of Martin Luther King, Jr.," Classical Bulletin, 76.2 (2000) 181-189 (Special issue devoted to 20th c. use of the classical world).
    • "Daniel B. Williams: Virginia's First State Hired Black College Classics Instructor," Classical Outlook 76.3 (1999) 94-95.
    • "Ambiguity and the Female Warrior: Vergil's Camilla," Electronic Antiquity, 4.1 (August 1997).