John G. Younger, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Classics
Professor of Classics
Director of Jewish Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 1032
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 4029

John G. Younger joined the University of Kansas in 2002 as Professor of Classics; he came from Duke University where he taught for 27 years. He has also taught in the KU departments of Humanities, Museum Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has been chair of Classics (2004-5) and of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2008-12), and now is the Director of Jewish Studies (2013-presemt). He has a BA in History (with majors in Music and Classics also fulfilled) from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Younger's research focuses on the Bronze Age Aegean; he is currently involved with the Gournia Excavation Project and will be publishing the Minoan pottery workshop he excavated there. He also publishes on Classical Greek art (especially architecture and sculpture). He has written books on Minoan-Mycenaean engraved gemstones and on Music in the Aegean Bronze Age, as well as numerous articles on various Bronze Age and Classical topics (e.g., the book chapter "Minoan Women" in Women in Antiquity [2016], the book-encyclopedia Sex in the Ancient World, A-Z [2004], the architecture and sculpture of early synagogues in the upper Galilee region of Israel, an edited volume on the emperor Augustus's building program (Imperium and Cosmos by Paul Rehak, 2006), a monograph-length study, "Technical Observations on the Sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia" [Hesperia 78, 2009, 41-105], and "A View from the Sea" in The Seascape in Aegean Prehistory [2011]. He has dogs, cats, and chickens to keep him sane. As well as a husband, Cody Haynes. And most recently a 67 acre farm.


Ph.D., Classics, University of Cincinnati

M.A., Classics, University of Cincinnati

B.A., History with Honors, Stanford University


From archaeological and art artifacts I derive information about ancient Greek society and individuals and I teach the process of deriving social and personal information from material culture in my courses.

Teaching Interests

  • Minoan
  • Mycenaean
  • Aegean
  • Greek
  • Classical
  • Archaeology
  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Ancient gender, women, sex. The cultures and history of ancient Palestine
  • Early synagogues.

Research Interests

  • The art and archaeology of pre-classical and classical Greece
  • Aegean seals and fingerrings
  • Classical sculpture and architecture
  • Gender and sexuality in the ancient world
  • LGBT/Queer issues in academe
  • Internet technology and humanities computing
  • Ancient synagogues

Selected Publications

Younger, John. "Identifying Myth in Minoan Art." METAPHYSIS. Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age 15th International Aegean Conference. Aegaeum 37. Ed. Eva Alram-Stern, Ed. Fritz Blakolmer, Ed. Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Ed. Jörg Weilhartner. Liège and Austin: Université de Liège and the Program in Aegean Prehistory and Scripts, University of Texas, December 2016. 433-438.

Upcoming Program Events

The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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