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Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences
Howard University
Locke Hall 254 - Box 827
2441 Sixth Street NW
Washington DC 20059

Phone: (202) 806-6725
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Dr. Norman B. Sandridge
(Associate Professor of Classics,
Fellow in Leadership Studies and Greater Washington Outreach at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies)
Office: Locke Hall 464
Phone:
(202) 806-6747
E-mail: normansandridge@gmail.com

Education
Ph.D. Classics
- University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill

M.A. Greek
- University of North Carolina — Chapel Hil

M.A. Latin
- Florida State Universit
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B.S. Physics (minor: Mathematics)
- University of Alabama — Huntsville.

Curriculum Vitae

Interests
Greek and Latin Epic, Greek Tragedy, Hellenistic Literature, Leadership in Theory and Practice, the Emotions

Biography
Dr. Sandridge began his academic career with an interest in physics and philosophy, doing research on space plasma and synchronous sonoluminescence [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonoluminescence.] His goal at the beginning of college was to become an astronaut and a cosmologist.

Yet, after a series of inspiring courses in Latin, he became more interested in the humanities and pursued graduate degrees in Greek, Latin, and Classics, with a focus on ethics, the emotions, heroism, and leadership. He wrote a master's thesis on the theme of redemption in the tragedies of Sophocles (Ajax, Philoctetes, and Oedipus Coloneus) and a dissertation on the Argonautica, an epic by Apollonius of Rhodes. In AY 2010-2011 Dr. Sandridge was a research fellow at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies and remains an ongoing fellow in leadership study and greater Washington outreach [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N14l2xGMtw]. His 2012 book, Loving Humanity, Learning, and Being Honored: The Foundations of Leadership in Xenophon's Education of Cyrus [http://chs.harvard.edu/CHS/article/display/5132] (reviewed here [http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2013/2013-05-41.html] and here [http://cj.camws.org/files/reviews/2013/2013.10.06%20Tamiolaki%20on%20Sandridge.p df]), was an exploration of Xenophon's Theory of Leadership and the extent to which three character traits (philanthropia, philomatheia, and philotimia) could be seen as the basis for all other important leadership traits.

This research on leadership in Xenophon led to a digital humanities project, to create a collaborative online commentary to the Education of Cyrus, called Cyrus' Paradise [www.cyropaedia.org]. Dr. Sandridge became the co-creator of this site and is currently its principal editor. The pages of this site have been visited over fifty thousand times since 2011; the dozens of contributors have contributed over one-hundred thousand words; and students at many colleges and universities have used it as their primary text for third-semester Greek.

Dr. Sandridge also became interested in the pedagogy of ancient languages and in hybrid- online education through his involvement with Sunoikisis: A National Consortium of Classics Programs [http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/]. In 2013 he teamed up with Kristina Meinking and Ryan Fowler to develop a curriculum of hybrid-online Greek courses that used the Education of Cyrus for the third semester [http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2013/12/23/apa-sandridge/]. In Spring 2014 he taught a collaborative hybrid-online course on Homer's Iliad [http://sunoikisis- iliad.chs.harvard.edu/] with colleagues from Elon University, Sweet Briar College, and the University of Southern Maine.

In AY 2014-2015 Dr. Sandridge was a Humanities Writ Large Fellow at Duke University [http://humanitieswritlarge.duke.edu/], where he worked to improve the collaborative online commentary to the Education of Cyrus and to begin research on leadership and personality disorder, specifically psychopathy [http://humanitieswritlarge.duke.edu/visiting-faculty-fellows/visiting-faculty-fellows- 2014-15]. Summaries of this research are available on Medium in a four-part series entitled "Our Ancient Ambivalence Toward the Psychopathic Leader" [https://medium.com/@normansandridge/our-ancient-ambivalence-toward-the- psychopathic-leader-7c1c5a9cb4eb]. Dr. Sandridge is currently working on a book on the leadership of Alcibiades [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcibiades], the fifth-century Athenian statesman, using multidisciplinary approaches to leadership (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, primatology, anthropology, and business). The book is tentatively titled Our Ancient and Tortured Love-Affair with Psychopathic Leadership.

Dr. Sandridge proudly serves as the DC director for the Classical Association of the Atlantic States [http://caas-cw.org/wp/caas/administration/] and as an occasional commenter to plays and events at the Shakespeare Theatre Company [http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/info/support/special-events/mock-trial/the-trial-of- lysistrata]. Further links to Dr. Sandridge's research may be found on his Academia profile [https://howard.academia.edu/NormanSandridge].

Outside of his teaching and research Dr. Sandridge enjoys major league baseball, gardening, running marathons [http://www.athlinks.com/athletes/70609093], and spending time with his wife and daughter.

(Updated Spring 2012)


   
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