Norman B. Sandridge
(Associate Professor of
Fellow in Leadership Studies and Greater Washington Outreach at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies)
University of North Carolina — Chapel
- University of North Carolina — Chapel
- Florida State University
Physics (minor: Mathematics)
- University of Alabama — Huntsville.
Greek and Latin Epic, Greek Tragedy, Hellenistic Literature, Leadership in Theory and Practice, the Emotions
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
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
2014-15]. Summaries of this research are available on Medium in a four-part series
entitled "Our Ancient Ambivalence Toward the Psychopathic Leader"
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
lysistrata]. Further links to Dr. Sandridge's research may be found on his Academia
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)