Kirsten Traudt, a senior studying classics at Princeton, has been awarded the Keasbey Scholarship to study in the UK. Traudt, who is from Morristown, New Jersey, will use the scholarship to pursue an M.Phil. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures at the University of Oxford.
At Princeton, Traudt received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence after her sophomore year and the award for outstanding work by a junior in the Program in Creative Writing in 2019. Since spring 2018, she has been a member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, a group of juniors and seniors who are committed to the study of humanistic inquiry. In addition to her classics major, Traudt is also pursuing a certificate in humanistic studies at Princeton.
Traudt is a humanities mentor for undergraduate students enrolled in the year-long, team-taught Humanities Sequence, and a language tutor in Greek and Latin. She also studies French and Portuguese. She took a fall break trip to Athens in 2017, an opportunity offered to Humanities Sequence “alumni” in the fall semester of the year after they take the course.
Andrew Feldherr, professor of classics, supervised Traudt’s junior independent work, which focused on the depiction of slavery in the “satires” of the Roman poet Horace. “What made [the paper] special and distinctive was that she combined an analysis of how the text represented slavery with reflection on the actual involvement of slavery in the production and distribution of literature in the Roman world,” said Feldherr, who also taught Traudt in two classes.
Traudt said she is excited “to take advantage of the wonderful resources for studying classics at Oxford and to live abroad for the first time.” She ultimately plans to pursue a Ph.D. and continue studying and teaching about ancient Greece and Rome, with the goal of “making the field more accessible for everyone”.