PhD'16 (Byzantine history) University of Chicago


Research Interests

Late antiquity, Byzantium, and medieval Europe, especially the tenth–twelfth centuries; kinship and family, aristocracy, identity, slavery, intercultural contacts, and historical memory


I earned my PhD in history from the University of Chicago in June 2016. I received an AB in classics with a minor in German, from the University of North Dakota in 2008 and an AM in history from the University of Chicago in 2009. My dissertation, "Political Families in Byzantium: The Social and Cultural Significance of the Genos as Kin Group, circa 900–1150," explores the role and function of the Byzantine aristocratic family group, or genos, as a distinct social entity, particularly its political and cultural role. I seek to give an alternative narrative for the development of the aristocratic family by analyzing not only structural changes within kin groups, but also by tracing cultural shifts and alterations in the role of the family as an integral part of aristocratic identity, as well as changes in normative behaviors or idealized roles of individuals as a member of their genos.

At the University of Chicago, I assisted Walter Kaegi as an editor of Byzantinische Zeitschrift and served as student coordinator of the Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium. I was a teaching assistant for all sections of the Ancient Mediterranean World sequence (Greece, Rome, and Late Antiquity) and Prof. Kaegi's History of Strategy. I served as lecturer of Ancient Mediterranean World 3: Late Antiquity.

I have received grants to support my research at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, DC, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul, and the Institute of Historical Research in London. I also participated in the Dumbarton Oaks Summer Greek Program in 2010.