Personal Statement:

My research sits at a unique juncture between questions of community and violence in the Late Antique Mediterranean, and my own personal interest in the marine environment and technology. I like to think of my research as giving a sense of materiality to narratives and text. I trace how people on the move carry with them stories, and how those stories find homes in different contexts where their new hosts use them to delineate, enforce, or redefine social boundaries. As part of this endeavor, I rely heavily upon an interdisciplinary combination of social network analysis, GIS, intellectual, social, and economic histories, and material culture. With a foot in the city of Alexandria, I look both south and north at the way the movement of peoples in this region shaped the broader politico-religious discussions of the fourth century CE.


Dissertation Title:

In the Shadow of Persecution: Athanasius of Alexandria and the making of the Arian heresy