Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chris Shea

Professor of Classics, Ball State University

Chris Shea is Professor of Classics at Ball State University where she served as Chair of the University Senate and Chair of the Honors Committee. She is an expert in the culture of the Roman Empire in the first century and has published widely on Homer, The Arthurian saga, Latin love poetry, and American popular religion.


  • “Setting the Stage for Romances: Xenophon of Ephesus and the Ecphrasis,” in Ancient Fiction and Early Christian Narrative, 1998
  • “Victims of Violence,” in Curing Violence: Religion and the Thought of Rene Girard, 1994
  • with Olga R. Arans, “The Fall of Elpenor: Homeric Kirke and The folklore of the Caucasus,” The Journal of Indo-European Studies, 1994
  • with Wade Jennings, “Paul Verhoeven: An Interview, Postscript: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 1993
  • “The Myth of Arthur, Updated and Undone,” Foundations & Facets Forum, 1989
  • The Vertumnus Elegy and Propertius Book IV,” Illinois Classical Studies, 1985

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Classics, Ball State University,1998–
  • Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Classics, Ball State University, 1992–1998
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Classics, Ball State University, 1984–1992
  • Latin Teacher, University High School, Urbana, Illinois, 1978–1982
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1975–1984

Professional Service

  • Member, Board of Directors, Westar Institute, 2001–
  • Chair, Honors Humanities Committee, Ball State University, 1999–2001; Secretary, 1994
  • Secretary, Honors College Dean Selection Committee, 1998-1999; Member, 1996–1997
  • Member, Board of Governors of the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library, 1997–1999
  • Member, SBL Ancient Narrative Seminar, 1997–
  • Member, Creative Arts Committee, Ball State University, 1994–1995
  • Member Pew Roundtable Steering Committee, Ball State University, 1993–1995
  • Chair, University Senate, Ball State University, 1993–1994
  • University Senator, Ball State University, 1993–1995
  • Member, Senate ad hoc Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching, 1992–1993
  • Member, Ball State University Affirmative Action Officer Selection Committee, Ball State University, 1992–1993
  • Member, Scholars Version Translation Panel, 1991–
  • Member, Ball State University Governance Committee, 1991–1993
  • Member, Professional Affairs Council, Ball State University, 1988–1995