Miriam Robbins Dexter

CURRICULUM VITAE
Miriam Robbins Dexter, Ph.D.

Miriam Robbins DexterMiriam Robbins Dexter, Ph.D., holds a B.A. in Classics and a Ph.D. in Indo-European Studies (comparative linguistics, archaeology and mythology), both from the University of California, Los Angeles. For thirteen years, she taught courses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit language and literature in the department of Classics at the University of Southern California, and is presently teaching at both UCLA and Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has authored several journal and encyclopedia articles on ancient female figures and wrote a new Introduction to The Eye Goddess (1991) by O.G.S. Crawford. She is the author of Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book (1990), and co-edited two collections of articles: Varia on the Indo-European Past: Papers in Memory of Marija Gimbutas (1997); and a monograph of Dr. Gimbutas’ own collected articles, The Kurgan Culture and the Indo-Europeanization of Europe:Selected articles from 1952 to 1993 (1997). She also edited and supplemented The Living Goddesses by Marija Gimbutas (UC Berkeley Press, 1999).

Educational Background

1978
Ph.D., Indo-European Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, California. Dissertation: “Indo-European Female Figures.”

1966
A.B., Classical Languages and Literature (cum laude), University of California, Los Angeles, California.

Languages Read

Latin, Greek (and Italic and Greek dialects, including Linear B), Sanskrit, Hittite; Tocharian; old Germanic dialects, including Old High German, Old Saxon, and Gothic; Old Irish; Old Iranian; Old Church Slavic.; Modern languages: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Lithuanian, some Russian. Near-Eastern languages (limited ability): Ugaritic; Akkadian/Babylonian/Assyrian; Sumerian; Egyptian; Hebrew.

Professional Background

1997 to present
UCLA Women’s Studies Program: Senior Research Seminar; Honors Collegium, Acting Myth; Introduction to Women’s Studies.

1997 to present
UCLA Women’s Studies Program and Honors Program, “The Roots of Patriarchy: Ancient Goddesses and Heroines”

1994 to present
Antioch University Adjunct Faculty: annual course, “Ancient Goddesses and Heroines”

1996 to present
Annual All-day Workshop (in April), Antioch University: “From the Great Above to the Great Below: Near-Eastern Goddesses of the Heaven, the Earth, and the Underworld”

1994-1995
Lecturer, Council on Educational Development, University of California, Los Angeles: “The Roots of Patriarchy: Ancient Goddesses and Heroines”

1995
Adjunct Faculty, The Union Institute

1981-1993
Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of Southern California: Greek and Latin grammar; readings in Linear B and Classic texts, Rigvedic Sanskrit; Latin and Greek Elements in English; “Ancient Goddesses and Heroines”; Classical Mythology.

1980-1984
Lecturer, Council on Educational Development, University of California, Los Angeles: “Goddesses and Heroines in Ancient Literatures and Mythologies.”

1981-1983
Lecturer, Program in Women’s Studies, California State University, Northridge: Introduction to Women’s Studies.

1980-1982
Instructor, American Culture and Language Program, California State University, Los Angeles: English as a Second Language,

1979-1980
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Occidental College: Introductory Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

1979-1981
Instructor, English as a Second Language, Evans Community Adult School, Los Angeles.

1962-1978
Translator and tutor of German, French, Spanish, Latin, and Greek.

Publications

Books

1990
Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book. Pergamon Press, Athene Series. [Reprint: Teachers College Press, Columbia University, Athene Series, 1992.]

Books Edited and Introduced

Forthcoming
Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 2003, Karlene Jones-Bley, Angela della Volpe, Martin Huld, and Miriam Robbins Dexter, eds. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man Monograph.

2003
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 2002. Karlene Jones-Bley, Angela della Volpe, Martin Huld, and Miriam Robbins Dexter, eds. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man Monograph.

2002
Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 2001, Karlene Jones-Bley, Angela della Volpe, Martin Huld, and Miriam Robbins Dexter, eds. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man Monograph.

2001
Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 2000, Karlene Jones-Bley, Angela della Volpe, Martin Huld, and Miriam Robbins Dexter, eds. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man Monograph.

1999
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 1998, Karlene Jones-Bley, Angela della Volpe, Miriam Robbins Dexter, and Martin Huld, eds.  Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man.

1999
The Living Goddesses, by Marija Gimbutas, edited and supplemented by Miriam Robbins Dexter. Los Angeles and Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. [Paperback edition 2001.]

1998
Proceedings of the Ninth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 1997
, Karlene Jones-Bley, Angela della Volpe, Miriam Robbins Dexter, and Martin Huld, eds.  Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph No. 28. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man.

1997
The Kurgan Culture and the Indo-Europeanization of Europe: Selected articles from 1952 to 1993, by Marija Gimbutas. Miriam Robbins Dexter and Karlene Jones-Bley, eds. Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph No. 18. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man.

Varia on the Indo-European Past: Papers in Memory of Marija Gimbutas. Miriam Robbins Dexter and Edgar Polomé, eds. Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph No. 19Washington, DC: The Institute for the Study of Man, 1997.

1991
Introduction to re-publication of The Eye Goddess, by O.G.S. Crawford, Delphi Press.

Articles

2002
“Colchian Medea and her Circumpontic Sisters.” Presented at the International Symposium on the Interdisciplinary Significance of the Black Sea Flood, c. 6700 BC, June 3-7, 2002, Liguria Study Center

Bogliasco, Italy. ReVision 25, no. 1: 3-14.

The Sheela na gigs, Sexuality, and the Goddess in Ancient Ireland ” (co-authored with Starr Goode). In the Irish Journal of Feminist Studies 4, no. 2: 50-75. Mary Condren, ed., 2002.

2000
“The Sheela-na-gigs: Tracing the Legacy of Prehistoric and Pre-Christian Goddesses in Medieval Irish Iconography” (co-authored with Goode). Presented at the International History of Religions Conference, Durban, South Africa, August 7-11, 2000.

Sexuality, the Sheela na gigs, and the Goddess in Ancient Ireland.” (co-authored with Starr Goode). Presented at the First International Conference of the Institute of Archaeomythology, “Deepening the Disciplines,” July 13-18, 1998, Madouri, Greece. ReVision 23, no. 1 (Summer 2000): 38-48

“Dawn and Sun in Indo-European Myth: Gender and Geography.” In Collectanea Philologia IV Ignatio Richardo Danka sexagenario oblata, Łodz, Poland: 103-122. Krzysztof Witczak and Piotr Stalmaszczyk, eds. Łodz University Press, 2000.

1999
“Prehistoric Goddesses.” In The Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion. New York: Macmillan.

1998
“Queen Medb, Female Autonomy in Ancient Ireland, and Matrilineal Traditions.” In Proceedings of the Ninth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 1997: 95-122. Karlene Jones-Bley, Angela della Volpe, Miriam Robbins Dexter, and Martin Huld, eds. Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph 28. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man.

1997
“The Brown Bull of Cooley and Matriliny in Celtic Ireland.” In From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas: 218-236. Joan Marler, ed. Manchester, Connecticut: Knowledge Ideas and Trends.

“Born of the Foam.” In Studies in Honor of Jaan Puhvel, Part II: Mythology and Religion: 83-102. John Greppin and Edgar C. Polomé, eds. Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph 21. Washington, DC: The Institute for the Study of Man, 1997.

“The Frightful Goddess: Birds, Snakes and Witches.” In Varia on the Indo-European Past: Papers in Memory of Marija Gimbutas: 124-154. Miriam Robbins Dexter and Edgar C. Polomé, eds. Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph 19. Washington, DC: The Institute for the Study of Man, 1997.

Articles on Indo-European Female Figures for the Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, J.P. Mallory and Douglas Q. Adams, eds. Garland Publishing, 1997.

1996
“Dawn-Maid and Sun-Maid: Celestial Goddesses among the Proto-Indo-Europeans.” Presented at the International Conference, “The Indo-Europeanization of Northern Europe,” Vilnius, Lithuania, September 1-7, 1994. In The Indo-Europeanization of Northern Europe: 228-246. Karlene Jones-Bley and Martin E. Huld, eds. Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph 17. Washington, DC: The Institute for the Study of Man.

1990
“The Hippomorphic Goddess and Her Offspring.” Presented at the second multidisciplinary international Conference on the “Transformation of European and Anatolian Culture in Prehistory,” Dublin, Ireland, September, 1989. In Journal of Indo-European Studies 18, nos. 3-4: 285-307.

“Reflections on the Goddess *Donu. ” Presented at the first Indo-European Convivium, UCLA, “Indo-European and Universals,” May, 1989. In Mankind Quarterly 30, nos. 1-2: 45-58, (Fall/Winter 1990);

1985
“Indo-European Reflections of Virginity and Autonomy.” Presented at the International Congress of Anthropology and Ethnography, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August, 1983. In Mankind Quarterly 26, nos. 1-2: 57-74.

1984
“Proto-Indo-European Sun Maidens and Gods of the Moon.” Presented to the Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, Berkeley, California, November, 1980. In Mankind Quarterly 25, nos. 1-2: 137-144.

1980
“The Assimilation of Pre-Indo-European Female Figures into the Indo-European Pantheons.” Presented at the first multidisciplinary International Conference, “The Transformation of European and Anatolian Culture, 4500-2500 B.C. and its Legacy”, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, September, 1979. Journal of Indo-European Studies 8, nos. 1-2: 19-29.

1969
“Dionysos, a Poet of Syracuse.” Translation from the Lithuanian. In Lietuvių Dienos Magazine XX, no. 6: 18-19.

Editorial Contributions

Editorial board, Journal of Indo-European Studies

Reader for various university presses

Professional and Community Organizations

American Philological Association

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (formerly PAPC)

American Mensa Limited