- Ph.D., Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University, 2015
- M.A., Classical Studies, The Ohio State University, 2010
- Post-Baccalaureate in Classics, The University of Pennsylvania, 2006/7
- M.A., Church History, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2006
- M.A., Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2004
- B.A., Music, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2000
Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Hackworth taught courses at the University of Iowa, and The Ohio State University.
Myth, Religion, Performance, and Theory
I have broad interests: myth, religion, reception, critical theory, historiography, etc. I’m especially interested in moments where texts have audiences. To borrow Clifford Geertz’s “Thick Description” and Michael Scott’s “Middle-Level Analysis” of space -- I am interested in texts that exist in what we could call “Thick Spaces.” Delphi offers excellent opportunities for examining texts as performances, with histories, spatial contexts, participants, literary and epigraphical description, as well as abundant material contextualization.
Reviews, Papers, Presentations
- Review of E. Eidenow and J. Kindt, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion. (Oxford University Press 2016), in Classical Journal Online (3/2/2017)
- “Mythologizing History: Apollo, Athens, and Delphi against the Foe,” Building Society through Story in Classical Greece & Rome panel, Fictions of History: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Theory, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York City, May 2017
- “Dionysian Resonance in Athenaios’ Hymn to Apollo,” 113th annual meeting of CAMWS, Kitchener, Ontario, April 2017
- “Competing Fictions: The Comparative Nature of Greek Historical Fiction,” 2016 meeting of the Historical Fictions Research Network, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England, February 2016
- “A Case for the Beatification of Texts,” Hermeneutics panel at The Society of Vineyard Scholars Annual Conference, Being the Church in the Time between the Times, Columbus, Ohio, April 2014
- “Innovation as a Tradition: Ancient Greek Religious Narrative,” Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies in Oxford, United Kingdom, December 2013
- “Performance and (Re)Performance: Reading the Delphic Hymns in Context,” 109th annual meeting of CAMWS, Iowa City, IA, April 2013
- “Words are for Cutting: The Unifying Power of Name-Calling,” Religion and the Trans-, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate Student Conference at Northwestern University, IL, October 2012
- “On Necessary Historicity and an Ancient Alternative,” poster presentation. Historiography of Religion: New approaches to origins of narrating a religious past, organized by the European Science Foundation at Linköping University, Norköpping, Sweden September 2012
- “Julius Caesar: Optimus Maximus ... Pius,” Great, Greater, Gloriosus, the 15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Classics at the University of Virginia, March 2011
- “The Discourse and Language of the Kingdom of God,” Communication, Technology, & the Church panel, The Society of Vineyard Scholars Annual Conference, By the Renewal of Your Mind: Imagining, Describing, and Enacting the Kingdom of God, Seattle, Washington, February 2011.
Work in Progress
My current projects include articles on Dionysian allusion in a hymn to Apollo, competitive instrumental music as a model for mythical innovation, and the political rhetoric of importing history into performed myth. My dissertation was an edition and study of Athenaios’ song in praise of Apollo, a late 2nd century BCE epigraphic text from Delphi.