Office Hours – Fall 2020

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific


Personal Statement:

I am a historian of the late ancient Mediterranean. After earning a B.A. in Medieval History, I turned things Byzantine and earned an M.A. in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from King’s College London. My research interests broadly embrace topics of politics, religion, and culture in the imperial Roman and early Byzantine worlds from the 2nd-7th centuries CE. 

I explore the complex of questions surrounding communal violence — persecutions in particular — at the end of the ancient Mediterranean world. I’m currently researching the significance of space and place in religious violence during the Great Persecution of Christians (c. 303-312 CE) and the  Theodosian persecution of non-Christian traditional religions (c. 380-450 CE), my goal being to eschew cultural-hegemonic gaze in favor of exploring persecuted people’s own reactions to violence against them.

In addition, I am using post-colonial theory to re-read the intellectual culture of the late 3rd century CE to find what could be a sort of proto-Nationalist/Orientalist root for the Great Persecution, particularly in Neo-Platonist thought.

Courses Taught:

World History: Prehistory – 1000 CE (HIST 2A)

Awards & Professional Activities:

Awards and Honors

Harold and Kathleen Drake Award (2019) – History

Thomas Sizgorich Memorial Award (2018) – History

Fellowships and Grants

Departmental Research Travel Grant (2019) – History

Dumas Travel Scholarship (2019) – Classics

Late Ancient Studies Fellowship (2018-Present) – History

Publishing Experience

Graduate Advisor, UCSB Journal of History (2020-Present)

Editorial Assistant, Studies in Late Antiquity: A Journal (2018-2020)