Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer


Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer is the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and specializes in Neronian literature, Seneca the Younger, History of Classical Rhetoric, the Ancient Novel, and the Classics in Modern China. Her recent books include: Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural (2015), for which she received the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit in 2016, Cambridge Companion to Seneca, ed. with A. Schiesaro (2015), and The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006).

In 2015, Prof. Bartsch-Zimmer was appointed the Founding Director of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. In this role, she is responsible for setting and running its academic program, which stretches across divisions and supports the research of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. The Director’s vision is key to organizing the many innovative interests and questions of the Institute’s scholarly community.  It is also her responsibility to further the fundamental goals of the Institute, such as encouraging the porosity of disciplinary and divisional boundaries and conducting research with the potential to impact the world outside the academy.

Macol Cerda

Executive Director

Vicky Lim

Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Vicky Lim collaborates closely with the Director and Executive Director and manages multiple areas of the office, including communications, events, operations, and other special projects. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an Ed.M. in Foundations of eLearning in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently finishing two certificate programs in Financial Decision Making and Integrated Marketing at the University of Chicago Graham School. She joined the Institute in 2015 from the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities, where she worked for four years.