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Jacob Mackey

Jacob Mackey

Assistant Professor of Classics

Queens Hall, Room 345F2
Phone: 718-997-5426

Beinecke Scholar
Lionel Pearson Fellow
BA, Classics and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2002

MSt, Classical Languages and Literatures, Christ Church, Oxford, 2003
PhD, Classics, Princeton University, 2009

Jacob L. Mackey was raised in the Hill Country west of Austin, Texas and in a tiny village in Kerala, India. During his first career retailing natural foods and fine wine, he enrolled part-time at Austin Community College. Things snowballed from there. Before joining the faculty at Queens College, he taught as a Lecturer in Stanford University’s Structured Liberal Education, a classic Great Books program.


Professor Mackey is writing a book about cognitive aspects of Roman religion. As a twenty-first century humanist, he employs consilient theories about human nature and human sociality from cognitive science, developmental psychology, and philosophy in order to interpret the ancient textual and material evidence.


Professor Mackey enjoys teaching classes and supervising projects on ancient languages, ancient literature, ancient religion, ancient history, and ancient intellectual history.


 Office Information

Yunzhong Shu
Acting Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577

Faculty and Staff Information

Fall 2017 Course Information

Language Placement

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Summer 2017

Arabic: Please ​contact Professor R. Shareah Taleghani, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at

  • June 14, 4 - 6 pm, Queens Hall 245D
  • July 10, 1 pm, Queens Hall 345F1
  • August 10, 1 pm, Queens Hall 345F1​

Chinese: Please contact Professor Yunzhong Shu, the Chinese language coordinator, at

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Jacob Mackey, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Deborah Gruber, the Hebrew language coordinator, at

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at

Latin: Please contact Professor Jacob Mackey, the Latin language coordinator, at


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