Emmanuela Schoinoplokaki is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics. She specializes in ancient Greek and Roman theater. Ηer dissertation investigates the issues of displacement, belongingness, and civic identity of marginalized heroes of Attic drama. Her research explores the collective figure of the migrant other and its connections with both ancient and contemporary sociopolitical realities, as well as with public-facing theatre projects and community-based drama receptions.
She received her undergraduate degree in modern and ancient Greek and Latin Literature at the University of Crete, Greece, and an M.A. in ancient Greek and Latin Philology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her master’s thesis examines the presence of the Underworld in the attic drama of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. After a research stay and collaboration with the Archive of Performances of Ancient Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) at the University of Oxford, she started researching postcolonial reworkings of ancient materials, including feminist, performance, and reception studies.
She is the Argyropoulos Graduate Fellow of Hellenic Studies and regularly teaches modern Greek at UCSB. Her scholarship and pedagogy include anti-colonial and equitable practices. Outside of her research, Emmanuela is an activist scholar and educator who collaborates in global antiquity-related, interdisciplinary, and social justice projects, such as The Trojan Women Project, organized by Prof. Michael Morgan in the UCSB Theater & Dance Department.