Dr. Hejduk holds a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University (1988) and a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University (1993). Inspired by the opportunity to work for a truly Christian research university, she came to Baylor in 2003, after 10 years on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has published numerous articles, four books, and an edited collection on ancient Latin poetry, most recently The God of Rome: Jupiter in Augustan Poetry (forthcoming 2020, Oxford University Press). She is particularly fascinated by Roman religion, women in antiquity, intertextuality, acrostics, and the classical tradition—interests that have led her to scholarly inquiry on such diverse artists as Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and Christopher Nolan.
Dr. Hejduk is married to Dr. Matthew Hejduk, an astrodynamicist for NASA, who is also a member of Baylor’s graduate faculty. She has three children in college or graduate school, Natalie, Anthony, and Nathaniel. She is actively involved with the St. Peter Catholic Student Center, with the faculty singing group Amici Musici, and with modeling charitable conversations on controversial issues.