William ShortDepartment of Philosophy and Classics - Mentor (2016, 2017)
Dr. Short maintains an active committment to research, teaching and service both at UTSA and in the field of Classics. His doctoral dissertation, “Sermo, Sanguis, Semen: An Anthropology of Language in Roman Culture”, explores the relation of the terms patrius sermo and purus sermo in Roman culture as a function of perceived correspondences between language and blood/semen in the construction and mediation of identity. Along with article-length projects on topics in Roman religion and Roman folk belief, Dr. Short is currently preparing a research monograph examining the role of metaphor in the interconnectedness of language, thought and behavior in Roman society.
In addition to his research, Dr. Short is also interested in language pedagogy, particularly in how language communicates meaning within contexts and how context itself, both literary and cultural, contributes to linguistic comprehension.