Shadi Bartsch is the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor in Classics at the University of Chicago; she has also taught at UC Berkeley and Brown. Her work focuses on the literature of the Neronian period at Rome, on Stoic philosophy, and, most recently, on the reception of the western Classics in contemporary China. Bartsch is also the inaugural director of The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, an initiative to study the cultural and historical roots of different forms of knowledge. She is the author and/or editor of some 10 books on the classical world, including The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006) and Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural (2015). In addition, she has translated several Senecan tragedies for publication and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Classical Philology. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an ACLS Fellowship, and the delivery of the Gray Lectures at Cambridge.