John Higgins

Lecturer in History

Smith College

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2020

Monday, 4-5 p.m.; Or by appointment.

18 Henshaw B1, #101



Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

M. Litt., Trinity College - Dublin

B.A., Fordham University


John Higgins is Visiting Assistant Professor Classical Studies for the Spring term. He earned his Ph.D. in Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Massachusetts in 2018 with a dissertation on the seventh-century Latin saints' Lives from Ireland. This topic is his main area of expertise and he is working on developing the dissertation into a monograph.

Other scholarly interests include Roman history, Late Antiquity, and Augustan literature. Professor Higgins has published articles and reviews in all those areas, including Carpe Diem: A Horace Reader. Co-author with Gilbert Lawall, Bruce Arnold, Andrew Aronson, Brian W. Breed, Helene Lerner and Sally Murphy (New York: Prentice-Hall, 2006).

Professor Higgins was for many years a high school teacher in Winsted, CT, and at several colleges and universities, most recently Trinity College in Hartford. He began his scholarly career as Editorial Assistant to the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, still underway a the Royal Irish Academy. He is the current President of the Classical Association of New England.