Clifford Ando

Clifford Ando

David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor; Professor of Classics and History, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Religions

Clifford Ando came to Chicago from USC, where he was Professor of Classics, History and Law; and co-director of the Center for Law, History and Culture. He has held fellowships and visiting professorships in Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the United States. His research focuses on law, religion, and government in the Roman empire, in particular on citizenship; legal pluralism and legal procedure; and the relationship between civil law, public law and international law in the Roman tradition.


University of Michigan

PhD in classical studies, 1996

Princeton University

BA, summa cum laude in classics, 1990


The University of Chicago

David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor
Professor of Classics, the College, and Law
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Ancient Religions

University of South Africa

Research Fellow, Department of Classics and World Languages

University of Southern California

Co-director, Center for Law, History and Culture, 2004-2006
Professor of Classics, History and Law
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor

York University

Assistant Professor, Division of Humanities and Programme in Classical Studies, July 1996-June 1998

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Advisory Committee, American Academy in Rome (2007-present)
  • American Philological Association
  • American Historical Association
  • North American Patristics Society
  • Roman Society

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (January-May 2015)
  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation grant (2012)
  • Robson Classical Lecturer, Victoria University, University of Toronto (2012)
  • Gastprofessor, Exzellenzcluster "Religion und Politik in den Kulturen der Vormoderne und der Moderne," Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2008-2012)
  • Gastprofessor, Kollegforschergruppe "Religiöse Individualisierung in historischer Perspektive," Universität Erfurt (2008-2012)
  • Directeur d'études invité, École pratique des hautes études, Paris (May 2011)
  • New Directions Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2009-2011)
  • Canterbury Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2010)
  • Invité sur chaire d’État, Collège de France (March 2010)
  • Fellow, Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien, Universität Erfurt (2009-2010)
  • Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows, University of Chicago (2007-2010)
  • Frederick Burkhardt Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (2004-2005)
  • Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2004-2005)
  • Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire, American Philological Association (2003)
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Classics, and Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford, Trinity (2001)
  • Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (2000-2001)
  • Zumberge Fellow, University of Southern California (1999-2000)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Small Grant (1997-1998)
  • University of Michigan Merit Fellow (1992-1994; 1995-1996)
  • Mellon Fellow in the Humanities (1990-1992; 1994-1995)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1990)

Editorial Work

  • Editor, Classical Philology (2006-present)
  • Reader, Phoenix; Classical Antiquity; The American Journal of Ancient History; Classical Philology; Classical Journal; Law and History Review; Classical and Modern Literature; Cambridge Classical Journal; Journal of Religion; History of Religions; European Journal of Political Theor
  • Reader, Ramus; Arethusa; Numen; Historia; Cambridge University Press; Edinburgh University Press; Oxford University Press; Wiley-Blackwell; Brill; Continuum

Other Activities

  • Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association
  • Evaluator, European Research Council (2010-2013); Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2010-2011); Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Austria (2010-2011); Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (2010-2011)