Mathias Hanses is Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. He holds an MA from the University of Münster, Germany, in American Studies and a PhD in Classics from Columbia University. He is currently working on a book project entitled “The Life of Comedy after the Death of Plautus,” which focuses on the afterlife of Roman comedy in later Latin literature, from Cicero to Juvenal. In the area of Classical Receptions and Black Classicism, he has worked on W. E. B. Du Bois’s engagement with Roman Republican literature and the Classicism of Juan Latino, a former slave and professor of Latin in early modern Spain.