Associate Professor of Classics
Geographic Field(s): Medieval and Early Modern European History
Thematic Field(s): Economic and Labor History
Principal Research Interest(s): Socioeconomic history of the Roman Empire, comparative history, and Roman archaeology and material culture
Taco Terpstra (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2011) is a member of the Department of Classics with a courtesy joint appointment in the History Department. He specializes in Roman socioeconomic history and is the author of Trading Communities in the Roman World (Leiden: Brill 2013) and Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean: Private Order and Public Institutions (Princeton: Princeton University Press 2019). In 2017-18, he was involved in a combined research and exhibition project at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, which resulted in the edited volume Portrait of a Child: Historical and Scientific Studies of a Roman Egyptian Mummy (Block Museum, 2019, coeditors: E. Rönkkö and M. Walton). His teaching includes courses on Roman sociopolitical and economic history, methodologies of historical research and the archaeology of Roman Campania.
- Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean: Private Order and Public Institutions (Princeton: Princeton University Press 2019).
- Trading Communities in the Roman World: A Micro-Economic and Institutional Perspective (Leiden, Brill: 2013).
- 101: The Ancient Economy.
- 330: The Roman Economy: The Preindustrial Economy as a Historical Perspective.
- 310: The Archaeology of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.
- 400: Classical Reception Studies Workshop (co-taught with Prof. S. Monoson).
Recent Awards and Honors
- 2016-17: Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (Harvard University).
- 2015-16: Faculty Fellowship, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (Northwestern University).