Eleanor Dickey, FBA (born 9 April 1967) is an American classicist, linguist, and academic, who specialises in the history of the Latin and Greek languages. Since 2013, she has been Professor of Classics at the University of Reading in England.
Dickey was born on 9 April 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, graduating with both Bachelor of Arts (AB) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees in 1989. She then moved to England, and studied classics at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in 1991. She then undertook postgraduate research at Merton College, Oxford under the supervision of Anna Morpurgo Davies, and she completed her Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1994. Her doctoral thesis was titled "Greek forms of address: a linguistic analysis of selected prose authors".
From 1995 to 1999, Dickey was an assistant professor of classics at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She then moved to Columbia University in New York City, United States: she was an assistant professor from 1999 to 2005, and an associate professor from 2005 to 2007. She was a visiting academic at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey for the 1998/1999 academic year and at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC for the 2002/2003 academic year.
Having returned to England, Dickey was an associate professor of classics at the University of Exeter between 2007 and 2013. In 2013, she was appointed Professor of Classics at the University of Reading. She was awarded a Marc Fitch Fund Small Research Grant by the British Academy in 2012, and she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship from 2013 to 2015.
In 2014, Dickey was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Also in 2014, she was elected as a Member of the Member of the Academia Europaea.