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.
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
Editorial Assistant, Studies in Late Antiquity: A Journal