Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts
and Associate Professor of History
Michael Dixon grew up in the suburban Boston area. After graduating from the Austin Preparatory High School, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he earned a major in Classics, with an emphasis on Ancient Greek and Latin and a minor in History. He then earned his M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (2000) in Ancient History from The Ohio State University.
Between 1996 and 1999, Michael studied at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. His dissertation, “Disputed Territories: International Arbitration in the Northeast Peloponnesos, ca. 250-150 B.C.” is an epigraphic, topographic, and historical analysis of several border disputes among poleis in the northeastern Peloponnese.
He arrived at the University of Southern Indiana in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of History, teaching courses in Ancient Greek and Roman history, as well as Latin. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and has served as Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts since July 2011.
Michael’s research interests include the history and archaeology of early Hellenistic Corinth, the topography of the Corinthia, prosopography, and historiography, particularly the historians of Alexander the Great and Polybios.