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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow


  • BA in classics, New College of Florida, 2006
  • MA in classics, University of Washington, 2009
  • PhD in classics, University of Washington, 2014


Naomi Campa's research specialties include ancient political theory, oratory, and philosophy. Campa completed her graduate work at the University of Washington, where her dissertation, "I Do What I Want: Freedom and Power in Classical Athens," investigated the ideologies of freedom and power underlying democratic citizenship.

While at Oberlin, she looks forward to teaching courses on Plato, Greek history, and ancient democracy. She also hopes to enlighten her students to the wonder of the optative and to see a famed albino squirrel in Tappan Square.

Campa is proud to serve on the executive board of iPresente!, Oberlin’s Latino employee group.


  • Naomi Campa Participates in Panel Discussion on Immigration

    February 23, 2018

    Naomi Campa, visiting assistant professor of classics, participated in the cross-departmental panel, “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13 at Oberlin College. The conversation incorporated the different meanings and practices of sanctuary from ancient to modern times.

  • Naomi Campa Gives Talk

    November 14, 2017

    Naomi Campa, visiting assistant professor of classics, gave a talk titled "The Critique of Democracy in the Republic: Self-Mastery and Freedom" on November 10, 2017, at the Northeastern Political Science Association's annual meeting.

  • Naomi Campa Performs in Messenian Theater

    August 30, 2017

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics Naomi Campa had a small role in a multi-lingual dramatic production at the site of ancient Messene (Greece). The play, Μεσσηνιακά· Εἰρωονεῖες τοῦ Πολέμου (The Messenian Affair: Ironies of War) was written by Giannis Lignadis, based on book four of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponesian War, and was directed by Giannis Panagopoulos. The play was the second in the series Thucydides Dramaticus: The Theater of War, and was produced by the Hellenic Education Resource Center (HERC) in conjunction with ΔΙΑΖΩΜΑ, the Deme of Messene, the Ephoreia of Messenian Antiquities, and with support from the Greek Archaeological Service. Performances took place on August 12 and 13 in the ancient Messenian theater, which was built in the early 4th century BCE and excavated in the late 20th century by Professor Petros Themelis of the Greek Archaeological Service, to whom the play was dedicated.

    A much larger and more important role was played in the drama by fourth-year Tara Wells, who had lines in ancient Greek and was a member of the women’s chorus.


Q&A with “What is Sanctuary?” Panelists

February 8, 2018
The concept of sanctuary is often part of today’s discussions about immigration, but the idea of providing sanctuary has ancient roots. Learn about the different meanings and practices during “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13.