Michelle Zerba has taught in the Department of Classics at the University of Michigan and currently holds positions in the Departments of English and Foreign Languages and the Program in Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University. Her research and teaching span the fields of classical literature, rhetoric, and philosophy; Renaissance studies; and political theory. She has traveled widely in the Mediterranean and has directed study abroad programs in Greece and Turkey.
Greek and Latin languages and literature, early modern literature, comparative literature, literary theory, rhetoric, political and ethical philosophy.
Erich and Lea Sternberg Professorship 2013-2014; Nomination by Cambridge University Press for MLA Scaglione Prize in Comparative Literary Studies (2013) and René Wellek Prize of American Comparative Literature Association (2012); Regents’ Research Grant 2014, 2007; Manship Grant 2013; ATLAS Grant 2010; Outstanding Teacher, Student Government Association 2004; Honors College Tiger Athletic Foundation Faculty Award 1999; Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, in Recognition of Superior Instruction of Freshman Students 1996, 1998, 1999; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship 1986; American Association of University Women Fellowship 1986; Lilly Foundation Teaching Grant, University of Michigan,1984; Phi Beta Kappa.
Creator ofSouthern Crossroads: An Intersection of Diverse Artistic Expressions. Program series that brought Louisiana State University together with the historically
black Southern University in a partnership designed to enhance diversity in the arts
• Producer and Director.Southern Crossroads: Music, Literature, the Visual Arts, and All That Jazz. Featuring pianist Ellis Marsalis, photographer Herman Leonard, sculptor John Scott, and actress Lynn Whitfield. Premiered in the Union Theatre of Louisiana State University, April 2004.
• Producer and Director.Southern Crossroads: Samarkand—the Lyrics, Rhythms, and Spirit of the Marketplace.Featuring Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, composer-conductor Tania León, and choreographer Peter Badejo. Premiered in the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts, Baton Rouge, March 2005.