John Bodel is a professor at Brown university interested in Roman social, cultural, and economic history and in Latin literature of the early Empire. Much of his research involves Roman inscriptions in one way or another, and he has a general interest in ancient funerals and burial customs, Roman religion, ancient slavery, and the editing of Latin texts. He directs the U.S. Epigraphy Project and since 2001 has been involved with the EpiDoc team in developing a set of conventions for editing inscriptions digitally in XML.
Educated at Princeton (B.A. 1978) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1984), Bodel taught at Harvard (1984-1992), and Rutgers (1993-2002) before joining the faculty at Brown in 2003. He was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome in 2006 and has held appointments as Visiting Professor at Berkeley (2000), Princeton (2002), and Oxford (2004). Since 1995 he has directed the U.S. Epigraphy Project, the purpose of which is to gather and share information about ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions preserved in the United States.