Marina Marren, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Marina Marren


Marina Marren researches in ancient Greek and German philosophy. Prior to joining the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno, Marren was a Postdoctoral Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where she researched ancient Greek philosophy and then Marren was a Lecturer at the University of Oregon, Eugene, where she taught classes in German Philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Modern and 19th Century philosophy).

In her research on ancient Greek philosophy, Marren focuses on the political dimension of Plato’s dialogues and relies on ancient Greek history, drama and pre-Socratic thought in order to offer a contextualized assessment of Plato’s political ideas. Marren also works to articulate the history of reception of ancient Greek thinking in 19th and 20th century German philosophy. Marren is currently working on a book on ancient Greek tyranny, in which she argues for the value of comedy as an aesthetic mode of political critique.

Research interests

  • Ancient Greek philosophy
  • History of philosophy (modern, 19th – 20th century)
  • Political philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Ethics

Selected publications

  • “The Tragedy and Comedy of Tyranny: Plato’s Symposium and Aristophanes’ Frogs,” Philosophy and Literature (44.2, 2020).
  • “The Enemy Within: Schmitt's Key Ideas as Failures of Plato's Statesman,” Perspectives on Political Science 49:3 (2020): 156-166.
  • “Plato and Aristophanes on (Want of) Education: Shame and Eros in Plato’s Gorgias and Aristophanes’ Clouds,” Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature 48:2 (2019): 127-147.
  • “Agon and Politics: What Nietzsche Learned from Wagner,” Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 30 (2019): 99-120.
  • “The Historical Background of the Seventh Letter: Political Philosophy in Context” in Plato at Syracuse: Essays on Plato in Western Greece, Reid, L. H. and Ralkowski, M. eds. (Sioux City: Parnassos Press, 2019): 91-104.
  • “Sketches of Oedipus in Sophocles’ Play About Tyranny” in Logoi and Muthoi: Further Philosophical Investigations in Ancient Greek Literature, Wians, W. ed. (Albany: SUNY Press, 2019): 165-196.
  • “Masks and Monsters: On the Transformative Power of Art,” Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 29 (2018): 107-118.


  • Ph.D., Boston College, 2017