I am an historian of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, specializing in the society and culture of the eastern Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire) in the ninth through twelfth centuries. I have strong interests in the late antique and classical antecedents of the medieval eastern Mediterranean cultures. Within medieval Byzantine history, my particular research interests include:
- Gender; medieval conceptions of masculinity
- Historical memory and historiography; particularly medieval historical memory of classical Roman and Greek culture
- Religious practice & experience; continuities with ancient religions
- Provincial community organization and self-regulation
- Women’s economic and legal self-determination
- Rhetoric and performance in provincial legal transactions
- The imposition of imperial governmental authority in provincial contexts, especially taxation
- PhD - Princeton University 1998
- BA - Yale University 1992
|Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian (Oxford University Press, 2016). View Book Details
|Heroes and Romans in Twelfth-Century Byzantium: The Material for History of Nikephoros Bryennios, (Cambridge University Press, 2012). View Book Details
|Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society: 950-1100, (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Paperback reprint, 2008. View Book Details
- Byzantine Gender, under contract with Arc Medieval Press, Past Imperfect series.
- co-author with Irina Tamarkina, Guide to Byzantine Historiography, under contract with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
- “Lamentation, History, and Female Authorship in Anna Komnene’s Alexiad,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 53.1, (2013): 192–218. View Article
- “Organic Local Government and Village Authority.” In Authority in Byzantium, ed. Pamela Armstrong, Ashgate, 2013, 285-295.
- “Strong Women and their Husbands in Byzantine Historiography.” In The Byzantine World, ed. Paul Stephenson, Routledge, 2010, 72-82.
- “A history of Caesar John Doukas in Nikephoros Bryennios’s Material for History?” In Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 32.2 (2008) 168-188.
- “Taxing Sophronia’s Son-in-Law: Representations of Women in Provincial Documents.” In Women in Byzantium: Varieties of Experience, 800-1200, ed. Lynda Garland, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, 75-87.
- “Information, ceremony and power in Byzantine fiscal registers: varieties of function in the Cadaster of Thebes,” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 25 (2001): 20-43.
- Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, 2016
- Co-Winner of the Prize in Memory of Nikolaos Panagiotakis, 2007 edition, for the essay “Power-Hungry Byzantine Empresses and Theodora’s Rhetorical Legacy: the functions of women in Byzantine historical narrative” given by the Università Ca’Foscari in Venice and the Greek Ministry of Culture.
- Dumbarton Oaks Bliss Prize Fellowship 1992-1994
- Alexander Olson
- History 112 - The World of Late Antiquity, 200-900 C.E - Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
- History 200 - Crusades: Violence and Religion - Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
- History 200 - Religious Change in Late Antiquity - Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
- History 313 - Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization - Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
- History 500 - Byzantine Empresses and their Men - Syllabus 2010 (pdf)
- History 505 - History at Work - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 506 - History Internship Seminar - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 600 - Women, Men & Eunuchs: Gender in Byzantium - Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
- History 800 - Research Seminar in History - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 813 - Greek Historiography From Antiquity Through Byzantium - Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
- History 952 - Seminar in Comparative History - Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
- History 978 - Teaching College History: An Introduction to Undergraduate Pedagogy - Syllabus 2017 (pdf)