Dr. Jennifer Finn

Jennifer Finn
Dr. Jennifer FinnMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, 303B

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-0393
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor


Jennifer Finn is an associate professor of history at Marquette University. With Ph.D's from The University of Michigan (2012) and The University of Munich (2015), she specializes in Ancient History, especially issues related to kingship, warfare, and cultural interaction.

As a fellow at The Institute for the Humanities (The University of Michigan) and the Distant Worlds Program (University of Munich), and as a participant in the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities (Venice International University), she enjoys participating in interdisciplinary projects and facilitating dialogues between university departments.

Dr. Finn welcomes inquiries from those students interested in the pre-Modern world, structures of authority, cultural interaction, revisionist history, warfare, and the history of sports.


Ph.D. University of Munich, 2015

Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2012

Courses Taught

At Marquette, she teaches surveys of Western Civilization, the Greco-Roman World, Ancient Warfare, and Sport and Social History.

Research Interests

My research is wide-ranging and focuses on interaction and reception between societies in the Ancient World. My first book, Much Ado about Marduk studied textual evidence for dissent towards authority in first millennium Assyria. My second book project (currently under review) shows the ways in which Alexander the Great’s campaigns were altered by the Romans, who, as natural successors to the greatest conqueror of all time, could manipulate narratives about his rule to make their dominance of the Mediterranean appear as an historical inevitability. Previous articles have touched on the reception of Near Eastern folktale narrative in Greek historiography; ideological competition between Mediterranean states; and language construction in/about Persian kingship. Projects in progress deal with cultural heritage sites in the Ancient World; ancient military strategy; and the ancient city.

I currently serve on the Committee on Mentoring for the Association of Ancient Historians, and I am an active member of the American Oriental Society, Society for Classical Studies, American Society for Oriental Research, and the Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society. I am also the program director for Marquette’s Military History Major, and serve on the Honors Advisory Board.

Professional Interests

Cultural Contacts between Greece and the Near East

Ancient Warfare

Revisionist History

History of Athletics


Ancient Greek and Roman history; Ancient Mesopotamia


Previous publications have focused on evidence for productive cultural interaction between Greece and the Near East; future projects will continue that work, with special attention to the campaigns of Alexander the Great, landmark battles of the Ancient World, ancient cultural heritage sites, and historical revisionism.

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Department of History
Sensenbrenner Hall, 202A
1103 W. Wisconsin Avenue 
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7217

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