After three years at Willamette, however, Dr. Usher accepted a tenure-track appointment at his alma mater, the University of Vermont, where he is currently a Professor of Classics. Apart from articles and books on the Homeric Centos, Euripides, Plato, and Ezra Pound, Dr. Usher has also written two illustrated children's books, Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005) and Diogenes (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009).
- Ph.D., University of Chicago
"The Sixth Sibylline Oracle as a Literary Hymn," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 36.1 (1995) 25-49.
"Prolegomenon to the Homeric Centos," American Journal of Philology 118.2 (1997) 305-21.
Homeric Stitchings: The Homeric Centos of the Empress Eudocia. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998 (ISBN 9780847689996).
(ed.) Homerocentones Eudociae Augustae (Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana). Stuttgart & Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1999 (ISBN: 3519013185).
"Στέλλεται at Bacchae 1000: The Emperor's New Clothes?" Classical Philology 95.1 (2000) 72-74.
Letters of Seneca. Selected by M.D. Usher, with notes and commentary. Focus Pub.: Newburyport, 2000.
"Satyr Play in Plato's Symposium," American Journal of Philology 123 (2002) 205–228.
"The Reception of Homer as Oral Poetry," Oral Tradition 18.1 (2003) 79-81.
A Student's Seneca: Ten Letters and Selections from De Providentia and De Vita Beata (University of Oklahoma Press, 2006 (ISBN: 0806137444).
"Carneades' Quip: Orality, Philosophy, Wit, and the Poetics of Impromptu Quotation," Oral Tradition 21:1 (2006) 190-209.
"Theomachy, Creation, and the Poetics of Quotation in Longinus Chapter 9," Classical Philology 102:3 (2007) 292-303.
"Diogenes' Doggerel: Chreia and Quotation in Cynic Performance," Classical Journal 104:3 (2009) 207-223.
“Teste Galba cum Sibylla: Oracles, Octavia, and the East,” Classical Philology 108.1 (2013) 21-40.
“An African Oresteia: Field Notes on Pasolini’s Appunti per un’ Orestiade Africana,” Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 22.1 (2014) 111-149.