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Tom Cole, Graduate Assistant

Tom Cole

Please note: Tom has left the "Classical Studies" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Tom is a Ph.D. student finishing up a dissertation on political thought in Tacitus’ minor works (DialogusGermania, and Agricola).  His academic interests include Greek and Roman political thought and rhetoric, Latin love poetry, and the reception of political thought, especially in early America.  Tom has attended Latin and Greek immersion programs to help him adapt active-learning methods to teaching classical languages.

Before graduate school, Tom was a lawyer specializing in business litigation.  For this reason, he is interested in how an education in the classics overlaps with a legal education.  He has an A.B. in Classics and Government from Franklin & Marshall College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Drexel University, where he was on the board of the law review.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  05 Allen Building
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2020):

  • CLST 275D.01D, DEMOCRACY: ANCIENT AND MODERN Synopsis
    East Duke 204B, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ETHICS 275D.01D, HISTORY 234D.01D, POLSCI 211D.01D)
  • CLST 275D.02D, DEMOCRACY: ANCIENT AND MODERN Synopsis
    West Duke 108B, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ETHICS 275D.02D, HISTORY 234D.02D, POLSCI 211D.02D)
  • CLST 275D.03D, DEMOCRACY: ANCIENT AND MODERN Synopsis
    Online ON, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ETHICS 275D.03D, HISTORY 234D.03D, POLSCI 211D.03D)
  • CLST 275D.04D, DEMOCRACY: ANCIENT AND MODERN Synopsis
    Online ON, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ETHICS 275D.04D, HISTORY 234D.04D, POLSCI 211D.04D)
  • LATIN 368S.01, PLINY AND MARTIAL Synopsis
    Allen 318, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
  • LATIN 368S.02, PLINY AND MARTIAL Synopsis
    Online ON, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday 4:30–5:30, by appointment, and whenever you see me on campus.
Office Location: Page 209

Recent Publications

  1. Cole, TJ, Ciceronian thought at the Constitutional Convention, Global Intellectual History (January, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Cole, T; Calihan, R; Hayden, A, Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation: Franchise Law (2012), American Bar Association
  3. Cole, T; Asbury, B, Why The Bluebook Matters: The Virtues Judge Posner and Its Other Critics Overlook, Tennessee Law Review, vol. 75 (2011), pp. 95-95, The Tennessee Law Review Association, Inc.
  4. Cole, T; Grossman, S, The Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District: Learning from Other BIDs, Drexel Law Review, vol. 3 no. 1 (2010), pp. 125-125


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