I am a doctoral candidate in Yale University’s combined program in ancient history. I first graduated from West Virginia University in 2013 with two bachelor’s degrees (history and religious studies), then from North Carolina State University in 2016 with a master’s degree in history.
My dissertation project, titled “Religio Licita: Empire, Religion, and Civic Subject, 250-450 CE,” explores the question of normative religion and its role in shaping the subjects of empire in the third, fourth, and fifth centuries. Drawing on an array of primary sources (including historiography, oratory, legal texts, numismatics, and material culture), I argue that the late Roman state became increasingly concerned with policing the boundaries of permissible religio and employed a variety of coercive strategies to enforce conformity. My dissertation project examines the development and articulation of this normative discourse and its consequences for the empire’s subjects.
In addition, I am interested in gender and sexuality studies in the Roman and late Roman worlds, social and cultural histories of antiquity more broadly, and exploring various critical approaches to ‘doing’ ancient history. I also enjoy thinking about various strategies for teaching the ancient world in a modern university classroom.
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EducationB.A. in History, summa cum laude West Virginia University, 2013
B.A. in Religious Studies, summa cum laude, West Virginia University, 2013
M.A. in History, awarded with distinction, North Carolina State University, 2016
M.A. in History, awarded en route to Ph.D., Yale University, 2019
M.Phil. in History & Classics, awarded en route to Ph.D., Yale University 2019
Ph.D. in Ancient History, Yale University, in progress (anticipated 2023)
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