About Sean Corner

Sean Corner received his BA from the University of Oxford and MA and PhD from Princeton University. Dr. Corner came to McMaster from Princeton in 2004. He is a member of the Department of Classics, in which he has served as Graduate Chair and Department Chair. He serves on the Council of the Classical Association of Canada and on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and as a reviewer for international journals and grant panels.

At McMaster, Dr. Corner has served on the University Senate, Senate Committees on Academic Integrity and Student Affairs, the Senate Board for Student Appeals, the Committee on Programming in the Arts and Sciences Faculties, the Whidden Lecture Committee, the Humanities Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Humanities Student Research Ethics Committee, and Selection Committees for the Associate Dean of Humanities, the Dean of Humanities, and Provost.

Dr. Corner studies political society and culture in Archaic and Classical Greece (750-322 BCE). His research draws on social theory and integrates literary and material sources to analyze the social structure and political values of the citizen-state. He is also concerned with how ancient history and political thought may inform questions in contemporary political philosophy and illuminate the present state of our world.

Dr. Corner has been much involved in graduate education, having supervised ten MA and six PhD students to date. He has been appointed Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for the Faculty of Humanities for one year. As Associate Dean, his responsibilities include assisting with the development, maintenance, and improvement of graduate programs in the Faculty of Humanities and the University at large.