Francisco Barrenechea joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2012, where he is currently an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. degree in Classics from Columbia University. Prior to his arrival in College Park, he taught at the University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Prof. Barrenechea's research interests include Greek drama (in particular Old Comedy and Euripides), Latin epic, papyrology, fragmentary literature, and the performance and reception of ancient theater. He is finishing a book on religious experiences in Aristophanic comedy, and is also working on his second book project, on the reception of Greek drama in Mexico. A chapter offering an overview of this reception has been recently published in the Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015). Other publications of his include articles on reception, “Tragic Impostures: Greek tragedy and pre-Hispanic myth in the theatre of Rodolfo Usigli and Salvador Novo” (Classical Receptions Journal, 2016), on Latin epic, “Didactic Aggressions in Lucan’s Nile Excursus” (American Journal of Philology, 2010), on the fragments of Euripides, “Monstruo, discurso y caracterización en Melanipa sabia” (Acta Poetica, 2008), and on papyrology, “A Fragment of Old Comedy: P. Columbia inv. 430” (Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 2006). In addition, he is currently a Consulting Editor for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Prof. Barrenechea has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, classical myth, ancient performance, and fragmentary literature. In the fall of 2014, he led a graduate seminar entitled 'Ut Poesis Historia', on the narrative and dramatic treatment of historical events in Herodotus, Aeschylus, and Xenophon.