Jeff Rydberg-Cox

Jeff Rydberg-Cox

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Director of Classics & Ancient Studies

Director of MALS
Graduate and Doctoral Faculty
5319 Holmes


Areas of Specialization

Classics; Greek rhetoric; ancient myth and religion; corpus linguistics; digital libraries.

Jeff Rydberg-Cox is Professor in the Department of English, Director of the Classical and Ancient Studies program and Director of the MALS.  He is a member of the faculty of the Religious Studies Program and the Computer Science Department.  He received his B.A. from Colorado College in Classics, History, and Politics.  He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean  World at the University of Chicago.  Prior to joining UMKC, he served as Assistant Editor for Language and Lexicography at The Perseus Project; based at Tufts University.  He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and the National Library of Medicine.  He is the author of two books, and more than thirty articles.  His research focuses on digital humanities and the computation analysis of ancient Greek texts.  He is a member of a team based at Cambridge University that is writing a new intermediate level Greek lexicon.  Professor Rydberg-Cox regularly teaches courses on the ancient world in film, Classical myth, and Greek language.


  • Lysias: Selected Speeches

  • Digital Libraries and the Challenges of the Digital Humanities


  • The Ancient World in Film

  • Classical Myth

  • Greek Language

  • Film Adaption

  • Foundations of World Literature

  • Classical Literature in Translation


  • B.A.,  1992, Colorado College, Classics-History-Politics

  • M.A.  1993, The University of Chicago, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World

  • Ph.D.,  1998, The University of Chicago, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World