Bio

I grew up in one of the great cities of the Midwest and traveled 15 minutes upriver to pursue a B.A. at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2007.  There, I first discovered the field of Late Antiquity and decided to learn more about this ever expanding and pivotal period through graduate study.  However, after completing my undergraduate degree I took some time away from academia, first as a tax processor for my home state of Minnesota, then as an ESL instructor at a language academy near Moscow in the Russian Federation.  I entered the Joint Doctoral Program in Ancient History at Brown University in the fall of 2013through the Department of History. At Brown I have found a flourishing and diverse group of scholars whose interdisciplinary methodological and theoretical approaches to the past have challenged my own and helped them to grow.
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During the summer of 2015 I had the privilege of being invited to join the nascent Southeast Europe Digital Documentation (SEEDD) Project as their Lead Epigraphic Analyst.  During Summer 2016 I took part in the 62nd Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics at the American Numismatic Society in New York City, focusing on experimentation in the depiction of familial groups on Roman imperial coinage during the 3rd century CE.

My dissertation focuses on the brotherhood, statehood, and violence in the Roman world from the 2nd to the 5th century CE. This period witnessed significant changes in the relationships between members of the imperial house and in the relationships between the imperial house and major organs of state (the civil service, the army, the Senate). During this time the Empire also experienced several instances of fraternal co-rule, when multiple brothers shared the rule of the Empire. My project will examine how expectations for cooperation and competition among imperial brothers developed, the ways in which this affected an imperial family’s relationship to its organs of state, and what role the presence or absence of violence played. I am also deeply interested in the transition of Roman Illyricum (modern Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina) during Late Antiquity from the bulwark of the Empire to “barbarian” territory, especially during the 5th century CE.  My other research interests include changing daily life on Roman frontiers, livestock management and transhumance, and administrative practice in the ancient world.

I believe that the pursuit of an academic career requires a holistic commitment to teaching and service, as well as research.  In addition to participating in seminars on reflective pedagogy organized by Brown University, I currently serve as the Graduate Teaching Liaison for both the Department of History and the Department of Classics – working closely with the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning to meet the pedagogical needs of my colleagues.  I have also been involved in efforts at Brown to create a more inclusive academic environment, spearheading the creation of graduate/undergraduate mentoring programs for the Department of History and the Department of Classics.  Because of my interest in the digital humanities and digital pedagogy, due in large part to my involvement with the SEEDD Project and the U.S. Epigraphy Project, I also serve as a Doctoral Representative on Brown’s Graduate Library Advisory Board.

During Fall 2017 I will hold Brown’s first Provost Proctorship in Academic Administration, working with Leah VanWey, Associate Provost for Academic Space and Professor of Sociology and Environment and Society. My proctorship will be primarily focused on working with Student and Employee Accessibility Services and Facilities Management to enhance campus accessibility. I will also assist Associate Provost VanWey during capital planning and renovation meetings as well as briefings with the Provost.