Mary Lefkowitz is a graduate of the Brearley School in New York, Wellesley College, and Radcliffe College, where she received her Ph.D. in classical philology. She was named the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley in 1979, and is now professor emerita of classics. She is the author of GREEK GODS, HUMAN LIVES and NOT OUT OF AFRICA, and co-editor with Guy MacLean Rogers of BLACK ATHENA REVISITED, a collection of essays by various scholars. Her other books include THE LIVES OF THE GREEK POETS and WOMEN'S LIFE IN GREECE AND ROME. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. She has been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Onassis Foundation. In 2006, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush.
GREEK GODS, HUMAN LIVES: What We Can Learn from Myths (Yale University Press, 2003)
HISTORY LESSON: A Race Odyssey (Yale University Press, 2008)
NOT OUT OF AFRICA: How "Afrocentrism" Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History (Basic Books, 1996)