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Daniel L. Selden, PhD

Title: Professor of Literature
Company: University of California Santa Cruz
Location: Westport, Connecticut, United States

Daniel L. Selden, PhD, Professor of Literature at University of California Santa Cruz, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in literary and classics education.

With more than 40 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Selden has excelled as a professor of literature at the University of California Santa Cruz since 2008. Prior to this position, he was active at the aforementioned university as an associate professor of classics from 1992 to 2008 and an assistant professor of classics from 1988 to 1991. During this time, he also served as the John W. Altman humanities scholar-in-residence at Miami University in 2005, an instructor in Greek at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School from 1998 to 1999 and both an assistant and associate professor of classics at Stanford University. Previously working at Barnard College, part of Columbia University, as an instructor of classics, an assistant professor of classics and a research assistant professor of classics between 1984 and 1988, Dr. Selden began his career as an instructor at Yale University from 1980 to 1983 as well as at Seminar College with The New School for Social Research from 1982 to 1983.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Selden pursued an education at Yale University, initially earning a Bachelor of Arts in Italian literature and a Bachelor of Arts in the history of art in 1978. He continued his academic efforts at The Goethe-Institut Freiburg, completing coursework in 1979. Dr. Selden concluded his studies at Yale University by obtaining a Master of Philosophy in comparative literature, with distinction, in 1981 and graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in comparative literature, summa cum laude, in 1986.

Beyond his primary responsibilities, Dr. Selden has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. As a visiting professor, he has contributed to The American University in Cairo in 2017, Università degli Studi di Padova in 2013, The University of Chicago from 1999 to 2001 and Emory University from 2004 to 2005. He was likewise appointed to the advisory board for the John J. Winkler Memorial Trust from 1990 to 1996, the board of directors for The Aion Group from 1993 to 1994 and the advisory committee on academic culture for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. A frequently published author and co-editor, Dr. Selden also found success as the associate director of San Francisco Art and Film between 1995 and 1998.

Attributing his success to his intelligence and hard work, Dr. Selden has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. A fellow of St. John’s College, the Paul Getty Center, the University of California and the American Council of Learned Societies, he was also recognized with the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and grants from the Classical Reception Studies Network as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. Honored as the Favorite Faculty Member at Stevenson College in 2013, he was presented with the John Dizikes Teaching Award in 2010. Inspired by how every walk of life is based on representation, he is incredibly proud to help his students become interested in subjects they had not known even existed. Looking toward the future, Dr. Selden hopes to complete his book, “Alexander Romance,” publish a collection of essays and complete a final revision of his Egyptian grammar book.

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