- Carthage College
Professor Seemee Ali earned her Ph.D. in literature from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where she also received her M.A. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Austin College.
At Carthage, she is the Director of the Western Heritage Program, and also holds a joint appointment in the interdisciplinary Great Ideas Program and in the English Department.
Prof. Ali’s most recent essay is titled “Seeing Hera in the Iliad” (Harvard/CHS Research Bulletin, August 2015). She has also published essays on the twentieth-century American writers Wallace Stevens and William Faulkner. For the academic year 2014-2015, she was named a Fellow of Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies.
She is presently working on a book about the Iliad.
Since joining the Carthage faculty in 2008, she has taught classes on Homer, Dante, William Faulkner, and Salman Rushdie. Having lived and taught in Rome, she and Prof. McShane enjoy traveling to Italy with Carthage students during J-Term to study the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays.
She is the founder of a popular lecture series at Carthage. The Hannibal Lecture Series, which she co-founded with philosophy professor Michael McShane, offers formal discussions focused on Western Heritage texts.
Union League of Anchorage: “Achilles and His Teacher: A Hero’s Education in Homer’s Iliad“
Professor Ali will give a lecture at the University of Alaska about a hero’s education in Iliad. (Jack Miller Center, April 25, 2019)
Professor Seemee Ali teaches courses in the interdisciplinary Great Ideas Program and English Department and is the director of the Western Heritage Program. Since joining the Carthage faculty in 2008, she has taught classes on Homer, Dante, William Faulkner, and Salman Rushdie, in addition to leading study tours in Rome to study the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays.
Director, Western Heritage Program; Associate Professor of Great Ideas and English
- Ph.D., M.A. — Literature, University of Dallas
- B.A. — Political Science, Austin College, 1989
Prof. Ali teaches courses in Carthage’s Great Ideas Program and English Department. Her regular courses include:
- ENG 2040 Classical Tradition in Literature
- GFW 2710 Topics in Great Ideas: Classical Traditions