Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Daniel L Selden
  • Title
    • Professor Emeritus
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
  • Affiliations Jewish Studies, Classical Studies, Italian Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-2175 (Office), 831-423-0862 (Message), 831-706-8060 (cell)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities 1 639
  • Office Hours Monday 3:30-4:45 PM
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • Humanities 1, 639
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ancient World / Classics; Literature; Middle East Studies; Bilingualism, Multilingualism; Critical Theory; Cultural Studies; Globalization; Film; Mediterranean Studies; Jewish Studies and Judaism
  • Courses Middle Egyptian, Film Theory and Analysis, Ancient Magic, Hellenistic Jewish Literature, Hebrew Bible and Early Rabbinica, Greco-Roman Fiction, The Politics of Opera, The Archeology of Power, Autobiography, Andy Warhol

Summary of Expertise

Hellenistic Literature
Mediterranean Studies
Literary Theory
Film Studies
Reception Studies
Politics and Literature

Research Interests

Middle Egyptian Literature
Ptolemaic Literature
The Alexander Romance
Literatures of the Roman Empire
The Politics of Opera
Second Temple Judaism
Early Christianity
Tributary Empires
Indo-European Poetry

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Yale University (Comparative Literature)
B.A. Yale University (Art History; Italian Literature)

Honors, Awards and Grants

John Dizikes Teaching Award
President’s Fellowship, University of California
J. Paul Getty Center, Fellow
Classical Reception Studies Network, UK (grant)
Course Development Fellowship, Committee on Teaching
Postdoktorandenstipendium, Fachgruppe Literaturwissenschaft,Konstanz
Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California
National Endowment for the Humanities Travel Grant
American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship
Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities

Teaching Interests

East Mediterranean cultures of the ancient world, incuding Iran

Hellenistic-Jewish literature

Greek literature under Roman rule

Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Qabbalah

Film and new digital media

History of literary criticism / literary theory

History of scholarship

Network / Systems theory