Joseph Holwell


Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt and Claire Taylor
Curriculum Vitae (pdf) | Website

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I am an ancient historian specializing in cultural exchange along the northern frontiers of imperial Rome. I work mainly with material evidence left behind (inscriptions, reliefs, votive objects) in an effort to refine our understanding of identity formation and religious expression in these ever-bustling, fringe environments.

On a broader level, I am interested in assessing the complex interplay between imperial power and subject populations regarding issues such as: methods of control, (possible) forms of resistance, opportunities for integration, and contemporary understandings of empire.


M.A., University of Wisconsin–Madison (2018)
M.A., DePaul University (2014)
B.A., Illinois State University (2010)


  • European History

MA Title

  • “Adoption and Innovation: The Construction of Roman Auxiliary Identity in the First Century AD”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Adoption and Innovation on Rome’s Cultural Frontiers”

Selected Publications

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
  • History 112: The World of Late Antiquity, 200-900 C.E.
  • History 303: A History of Greek Civilization
  • History 307: A History of Rome
  • Classics 322: The Romans