Eric Hutchinson

Eric Hutchinson

Associate Professor of Classics, Chairman of Collegiate Scholars Program
“My personal philosophy of education is a simple combination of rigorous mental exercise and love.”
— Eric Hutchinson

Faculty Information

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B.A., Hillsdale College

M.A., Bryn Mawr College

Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College


Berthe M. Marti Fellowship in Latin 2005-2006 (affiliated fellowship, American Academy in Rome)

Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities 2007-2008 (declined to accept position at Hillsdale College)

NEH Summer Scholar, Summer Seminar 2010 (“The ‘Falls of Rome’: The Transformation of Rome in Late Antiquity”)


Society for Classical Studies (formerly American Philological Association) Classical Association of the Middle West and South

Society of Fellows, American Academy in Rome

Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome

International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies

International Association for Neo-Latin Studies


Article, “Nature and the Wound of Nature: A Pauline View of the Testimony of the Ancients in Niels Hemmingsen’s De Lege Naturae”
Forthcoming in Select Proceedings of Lutheranism and the Classics III: Lutherans Read History, edited by J. Kellerman, J. Hayes, and E.J. Hutchinson. Ft. Wayne, IN: Lutheran Legacy Press.

Translation, “On the Law of Nature in the Three States of Life, and the Proofs That This Law Is Summarized in the Decalogue (Excerpted from Niels Hemmingsen’s De Lege Naturae Apodictica Methodus)”
Journal of Markets and Morality 17 (2014): 619-46.

(with Korey D. Maas) “On the Law of Nature in the Three States of Life,” forthcoming in Journal of Markets and Morality 17 (2014): 595-616.

Article, “Words Made Strange: The Presence of Vergil in the Miracles of the Paschale carmen”

Forthcoming in The Living Past: Recasting the Ancients in Late Latin Poetry, edited by J. Pucci and S. McGill. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag.

Article, “And Zeus Shall Have No Dominion, or, How, When, Where, and Why to ‘Plunder the Egyptians’: The Case of Jerome”
In For the Healing of the Nations: Essays on Creation, Redemption, and Neo-Calvinism (Proceedings of the Second Annual Convivium Irenicum), edited by J.P. Escalante and W.B. Littlejohn. Moscow, ID: The Davenant Press, 2014.

Article, “In faciem ei restiti: Argument and Authority in Galatians 2, the Fathers, and the Reformers”
In Ad Fontes Witebergenses: Select Proceedings of “Lutheranism and the Classics II: Reading the Church Fathers,” edited by Carl P.E. Springer and James Kellerman, 129-149. Ft. Waye, IN: Lutheran Legacy Press, 2014.

Article, “Praise and Self-Promotion in Ausonius’ Epistula 18”
Journal of Late Antiquity 6 (2013): 308-24.

In Progress Publications

Book, Niels Hemmingsen, De lege naturae apodictica methodus: An Annotated Translation with Introduction, translated by E.J. Hutchinson with an introduction by E.J. Hutchinson and Korey D. Maas. Under contract with Christian’s Library Press.

Book, Select Proceedings of “Lutheranism and the Classics III: Lutherans Read History,”co-edited with J. Kellerman and J. Hayes. Ft. Wayne, IN: Emmanuel Press.

Book Reviews

Review of W.D. Ward, The Mirage of the Saracen
BMCR 2015.08.17.

Review of G. Demacopoulos, The Invention of Peter
CJ-Online, 2015.01.04.

Review of C. Ware, Claudian and the Roman Epic Tradition
CJ-Online, 2013.09.08.

Review of J. North and S. Price, The Religious History of the Roman Empire (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies)
BMCR 2012.05.09.

Review of T. Scheck, St. Jerome’s Commentaries on Galatians, Titus, and Philemon
TMR 11.10.06.

Review of J. Ulrich, A.-C. Jacobsen, and M. Kahlos (eds.), Continuity and Discontinuity in Early Christian Apologetics
BMCR 2011.06.42.

Review of P. Kolbet, Augustine and the Cure of Souls
TMR 11.03.19.


I attribute my love of classics to a great teacher: Hillsdale College’s own David Jones. Nor can I express the purpose of higher education better than Hillsdale’s own mission statement: “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary and scientific education and to combine with this such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.”

I have been a professor at Hillsdale College since 2007. I continue to teach here because of my wonderful students and colleagues. A classics student at Hillsdale will receive thorough and demanding philological training and a level of personal attention from the faculty that equals or excels that at most other institutions; my personal philosophy of education is a simple combination of rigorous mental exercise and love.