Professor Eckerman received his PhD and MA in Classical Philology from UCLA and his BA in Classics and Economics from UC Davis. While a graduate student, he was Virginia Grace Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a guest in the Philologisches Seminar in Tuebingen. He taught at UCLA for one year before coming to Eugene.
At the University of Oregon, he teaches a wide range of courses, including courses in Greek and Latin. He is a specialist on the epinician poetry of Pindar and Bacchylides, but his research regularly takes him to other authors and genres. A native of northern California, he finds that the Pacific Northwest suits him well. He enjoys participating in SAIL Camp every summer in Eugene and is happy to talk about the Greeks and Romans in the local schools. He looks forward to supervising BA and MA theses on Greek lyric poetry.