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Dissertations in North America

This listing of dissertations in progress or recently completed resumes a survey published between 1982 and 1986 in Byzantine Studies/Études Byzantines, which lapsed when the journal ceased publication. The present listing of dissertations in Byzantine subjects undertaken at North American universities is based on information supplied to Dumbarton Oaks and makes no claims to comprehensiveness. Please send additions and notification of completed dissertations to the Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, so that the listing can be updated periodically.

 

Completed Dissertations

Art History and Archaeology

  • Benjamin Anderson, World Image After World Empire: The Ptolemaic Cosmos in the Early Middle Ages, Bryn Mawr College (Dale Kinney), May 2012.
  • Silviu Anghel, Burying the Gods: Protecting Statues from Christians in Late Antiquity, Columbia University.
  • Travis Lee Clark, Imaging the Cosmos: The Christian Topography of Kosmas Indikopleustes, Temple University (Elizabeth Bolman).
  • Ivan Drpic, Kosmos of Verse: Art and Epigram in Late Byzantium, Harvard University (Ioli Kalavrezou), 2011.
  • John Michael Frey, Speaking through Spolia: The Language of Architecture Reuse in late Roman Greece, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.
  • Elizabeth Gittings, Architecture Representations in the Mosaics of the Church of Hagios Georgios, Harvard University (Ioli Kalavrezou).
  • Katherine Marsengill, Portraits and Icons: Between Reality and Holiness in Byzantium, Princeton University (Professor Slobodan Ćurčić). Completed 2010.
  • Barbara McNulty, (bmcnulty@temple.edu), Cypriot Donor Portraiture: Constructing the Ideal Family, Temple University (Elizabeth Bolman), May 2010.
  • Marina Mihaljevic, Constantinopolitan Architecture of the Komnenian Era (1080–1180) and Its Impact in the Balkans, Princeton University (Slobodan Ćurčić).
  • Matthew Milliner, The Virgin of The Passion: Development, Dissemination and Afterlife of a Byzantine Icon Type, Princeton University (Slobodan Curcic).
  • Elisabeth O'Connell, Tombs for the Living: Monastic Reuse of Monumental Funerary Architecture in Late Antique Egypt, University of California, Berkeley, (Susanna Elm), 2007.
  • Andrea Olsen, The Genesis and Transformation of the Visitation in Byzantine Art, Johns Hopkins University (Henry Maguire).
  • Cristina Stancioiu, Objects and Identity: An Analysis of Some Material Remains of the Latin and Orthodox Residents of Late Medieval Rhodes, Cyprus, and Crete, University of California, Los Angeles (Sharon Gerstel). Completed 2009.
  • Laura Veneskey, Alternative Topographies: Loca Sancta Surrogates and Site Circulation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, Northwestern University (Cecily Hilsdale).

History

  • Aslihan Akisik, Self and Other in the Renaissance: Laonikos Chalkokondyles and Late Byzantine Intellectuals, Harvard University (Cemal Kafadar and Paul Magdalino), 2013
  • Catherine Burris, Solomon the King: Reception and Transmission on Extracanonical Traditions in the Christian East, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2011.
  • Craig Caldwell, Society in a War Zone: Civil Wars and Their Effects upon the Provinces of Southeastern Europe in the Fourth Century A.D., Princeton University (Peter Brown), 2007.
  • Zachary Chitwood, Byzantine Legal Culture under the Macedonian Dynasty, 867-1056, Princeton University (John Haldon), 2012.
  • Rangar Cline, Negotiating Heaven and Earth: Angel Veneration in Late Antiquity, Pennsylvania State University (Dr. Paul B. Harvey Jr.), 2005.
  • Young Richard Kim, The Imagined Worlds of Epiphanius of Cyprus, University of Michigan (Raymond Van Dam). Completed 2006.
  • Kristina Meinking, Anger Matters: Politics and Theology in the Fourth Century CE, University of Southern California, 2010.
  • Mark Moussa, The Treatise I Have Been Reading the Holy Gospels (Discourses 8, Work 1) by Shenoute of Atripe: Edition, Translation and Commentary, Catholic University of America (David W. Johnson, S.J.).
  • David Parnell, Ethnic and Regional Origins in the Early Byzantine Army and Administration, ca 518–610, St. Louis University (Warren Treadgold), 2010.
  • Richard Payne, Creating Christian Aristocracies in Sasanian and Early Islamic Iraq, Princeton University (Peter Brown, John Haldon).
  • Daniel Sarefield, Burning Knowledge: Studies in Religious Violence and Book Burning in the Late Roman World, Ohio State University (Timothy Gregory).
  • Edward Schoolman, Civic Transformations between Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Ravenna and Antioch 300–800 AD, University of California, Los Angeles (Claudia Rapp), 2010.
  • Jack Tannous, On the Trail of la Syrie Trilingue: Jacob of Edessa and his Circle, Princeton University (Peter Brown), 2010.

Philology and Literature

  • Michael Bjornlie, The Variae of Cassiodorus Senator: Circumstances of Political Survival, ca. 540–545, Princeton University (Peter Brown and Robert Kaster).
  • Kevin Kalish, Learning to Write Poems in Late Antiquity: The Codex of Visions from the Bodmer Papyri and the Emergence of a Christian-Byzantine Poetics, Princeton University (Peter Brown and Daniel Heller-Roazen), 2009.
  • Robin McGill, Aligning Myth and Experience: The Sanctification of Time in Early Christian Latin Hymns,Brown University, Classics, 2012.

Religion, Theology, and Liturgy

  • Aurélie Goudal, Cases of Possession and Exorcism in Primitive Byzantine Hagiography (IV–VII century),University of Montréal (Pierre Boglioni).
  • Linda Honey, Thekla: Text and Context with a First English Translation
    of the Miracles, University of Calgary (Haijo J. Westra), August 2011.
  • Jonathan Latham, Making Rome Christian: Ritual Processions from Roma Aeterna to Roma Christiana, University of California, Santa Barbara (Christine Thomas), December 2007.
  • Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent (Jeanne-Nicole_Saint-Laurent[at]brown.edu), Apostolic Memories: Differentiation and the Construction of Orthodoxy in Syriac Missionary Literature, Brown University (Susan A. Harvey).
  • Daniel Schwartz, Christian Education and Worship in the Making of the Late-Antique Church: Paideia and Cult in the Catechetical Orations of Theodore of Mopsuestia, Princeton University (Peter Brown), 2009.
  • Jennifer Westerfeld, Landscapes of Memory: Pharaonic Sacred Space in the Coptic Imagination, University of Chicago (Janet Johnson), 2010

 

Dissertations in Progress

Art History and Archaeology

  • Vessela Anguelova (vna100[at]psu.edu), Place and Spiritual Experience in Middle and Late Byzantine Art, Tenth to the Eighteenth Centuries, Pennsylvania State University (Anthony Cutler), Exams December 2002.
  • Roland Betancourt (roland.betancourt@yale.edu), The Proleptic Image: An Investigation of the Medium in Byzantium, Yale University (Robert S. Nelson), Exams December 2011.
  • Sarah Craft, Early Christian Pilgrimage Pragmatics: Travel Infrastructure, Movement and Connectivity in Late Roman and Early Byzantine Anatolia, Brown University (Susan E. Alcock, Final Exams, Spring 2012.
  • Robert J. W. Crow (robcro[at]princeton.edu), The Forum Romanum in Late Antiquity: A.D. 330–638,Princeton University (Hugo Meyer), Exams October 1994.
  • Mary Margaret (Molly) Fulghum, The Transitive Form: The Place of Textiles in Byzantium, Harvard University (Ioli Kalavrezou).
  • Sofia Georgiadou (sgeorgi2[at]uiuc.edu), Architecture and Statehood in Late Byzantium, 1204–1460: A Comparative Study of the Courts of Nicaea, Trebizond and Epirus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(Robert Ousterhout).
  • Brad Hostetler, Text as Iconography: Middle Byzantine Reliquaries with Dedicatory Inscriptions, Florida State University (Lynn Jones), Exams December 2011.
  • Ashley Jones (ashley.jones[at]yale.edu), 'Lord Protect the Wearer': Late Antique Numismatic Jewelry and the Image of the Emperor as Talismanic Device, Yale University (Diana Kleiner).
  • James Magruder (james.magruder[at]jhu.edu), Byzantine Stone Icons in Greece and Asia Minor, 9th–14thCenturies, Johns Hopkins University (Henry Maguire).
  • Allyson McDavid, The Hadrianic Baths of Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity, Institute of Fine Arts/New York University, Exams Fall 2010 (Thelma K. Thomas).
  • Alice Lynn McMichael, Rising Above the Faithful: Monumental Ceiling Crosses in Byzantine Cappadocia, CUNY Graduate Center (Jennifer L. Ball). Exams Spring 2012.
  • Bojana Bjelicic-Miletkov (bbjelic[at]uga.edu), Monuments of Art Commemorating the Council of Ferrara-Florence, 1438–39: The Italian and the Byzantine Responses, University of Georgia, Athens (Asen Kirin), Spring 2009.
  • Elizabeth Moss (betsy.moss[at]utoronto.ca), Framing the Holy: Revetments and Frames on Byzantine Icons,University of Toronto (Linda Safran).
  • Areti Papanastasiou (pap9[at]midway.uchicago.edu), Gendered Stories and Middle Byzantine Art, University of Chicago (Robert S. Nelson), Exams June 1993.
  • Jordan Pickett (pickett.jordan[at]gmail.com), Water After Antiquity: the Early Medieval Afterlives of Roman Hydraulic Infrastructure in the Eastern Mediterranean, University of Pennsylvania (Robert Ousterhout and John Haldon).
  • Brandie Ratliff (br135[at]columbia.edu), Image and Relic at Byzantine Pilgrimage Sites, Columbia University(Holger Klein), Exams March 2001.
  • Brooke Shilling (Brooke.Shilling[at]jhu.edu), Three Apse Mosaics of the Virgin in Early Byzantine Cyprus, Johns Hopkins University (Henry Maguire).
  • Nicole Paxton Sullo, (nicole.sullo[at]yale.edu), The Art of Memory in Byzantium during the Later Middle Ages, Yale University (Robert S. Nelson), Exams January 2013.
  • Agnieszka E. Szymańska, Vehicles of Memory: Paintings in the Red Monastery, Upper Egypt, Temple University (Elizabeth Bolman), Exams 2012.
  • Fusun Tulek (Fusuntulek[at]kocaeli.edu.tr), Late Roman/ Early Byzantine Floor Mosaics of Cilicia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Henry Maguire), Exams December 2001.
  • Steven Werlin (werlin[at]email.unc.edu), Synagogues of the Darom: An Analysis of Jewish Art and Architecture in the Christian Context of Late Antique Palestine, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Jodi Magness).
  • Elizabeth Williams, Gold and Silver Jewelry of Late Antique Syria: Personal Adornment of Christian and Islamic Women, Institute of Fine Arts/New York University (Thelma K. Thomas, Barry Flood), Exams Fall 2009.

History

  • Aslihan Akisik (aslihan_1071[at]yahoo.com), Self and Other in the Fifteenth Century: Laonikos Chalkokondyles and Late Byzantine Intellectuals, Harvard University (Angeliki Laiou and Cemal Kefadar).
  • Andrew Donnelly (ajdonnelly[at]comcast.net), Food and Society in Late Antique and Early Medieval Italy, Loyola University (Barbara Rosenwein).
  • Jason Fossella The Dromos: Communications and Diplomacy in the Byzantine Empire, 565 to 1204. Saint Louis University (Warren Treadgold).
  • Ayse Henry (ayseblgn[at]gmail.com), The Pilgrimage Center of St. Symeon the Younger: Designed by Angels, Supervised by a Saint, Constructed by Pilgrims, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Robert Ousterhout).
  • Kuba Kabala (jkabala[at]fasharvard.edu), The Space of the Eastern Frontier of Europe, c. 800 - c. 1000, Harvard University (Michael McCormick.).
  • Frank Krajewski (fkrajews[at]slu.edu), Byzantine World Historians of the Sixth Century: Common Sources for John Malalas and John of Antioch, Saint Louis University (Warren Treadgold).
  • Craig Martin (cmartin[at]fas.harvard.edu), Theory and Practice in Aristotelian Natural Philosophy: A Study of the Tradition of Meteorologica IV, Harvard University (John E. Murdoch).
  • Ian Mladjov (imladjov[at]umich.edu), Basileia Refracted: Adaptation of Byzantine Imperial Ideology beyond Byzantium by the Empire's Northern Neighbors in Medieval Bulgaria, University of Michigan (John V.A. Fine).
  • Jeremy Ott, Mortuary Practices in Late Antique Corinth, Institute of Fine Arts/New York University (Thelma K. Thomas and Katherine Welch), exams spring 2008.
  • Stephanie Payne (spayne[at]mail.utexas.edu), Forming Friendship and Fraternity in Byzantine Monasticism: Illustrating the Romance of Barlaam and Joasaph from the Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries, University of Texas at Austin (Glenn Peers), Exams October 2006.
  • Pamela Gail-Berjouhie Sayre (psayre[at]hfcc.net), Lombards and Byzantines: From Pannonian Allies to Italian Enemies, University of Michigan (John V. A. Fine).
  • Jonathan Stanfill, Embracing the 'Barbarian': The Syrians and Goths in the Pastoral Strategy of John Chrysostom, Fordham University (George Demacopoulos), Final Exams, Spring 2011.
  • Irina Tamarkina, The Formation of Communal Identity in the Miaphysite and Chalcedonian Communities in the Fifth through the Sixth Centuries, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Exams: Fall 2010.
  • Galina Tirnanic (gtirnani[at]midway.uchicago.edu), The Art of Punishment: The Spectacle of the Body on the Streets of Constantinople, University of Chicago (Robert Nelson), Exams September 2001.
  • Ece Turnator (turnator[at]fas.harvard.edu), Centers of Economic Power and the Changing Political Geography in Western Asia Minor and Mainland Greece (12th-13th Centuries), Harvard University (Angeliki Laiou and Michael McCormick).
  • Tim Watson (twwatson[at]uci.edu), The Rhetoric of Corruption in Late Antiquity, University of California, Irvine (Michele Salzman).
  • Christine Zitrides, Carthage in Transition, Late and Post-Roman Habitation AD 400–800, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Philology and Literature

  • Gail Armstrong (Gail_Armstrong[at]brown.edu), Narrative Identity and Narrative Landscape: The Ancient and the Modern Acts of Mariamne and Philip, Brown University (Ross Kraemer).
  • Antonia Atanassova (antonia.atanassova.1[at]bc.edu), Container of the Uncontainable God: The Theotokos in the Writings of Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian Controversy, Boston College (Khaled Anatolios).
  • Marin Cerchez, Religion in the Alexiad, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Exams: Fall 2011.
  • Christopher Geadrities, Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne (Brown University, Classics; final exams: Spring 2011.
  • Adam Goldwyn (AGoldwyn[at]gc.cuny.edu), A Literary History of the Trojan War from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, CUNY Graduate Center (Paul Oppenheimer).
  • Hisa Kusabu (kusabu[at]uchicago.edu), Comnenian Orthodoxy and Byzantine Heresiology in the Twelfth Century: The Study of the Panoplia Dogmatica of Euthymios Zigabenos, University of Chicago (Walter Kaegi), Anticipated completion in 2008–2009.
  • Maureen O'Brien (mobrien[at]loyola.edu), Art and Text in the Vienna Genesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Dorothy Verkerk), Exams April 2004.

Religion, Theology, and Liturgy

  • Jelena Bogdanović, Canopies: The Framing of Sacred Space in the Byzantine Ecclesiastical Tradition, Princeton University (Slobodan Ćurčić), Dissertation: exams 2004; completed, 2008.
  • Benjamin Delee (bendelee[at]ucla.edu), Niketas Byzantios and the Problem of Islam, University of California, Los Angeles (Claudia Rapp), advanced 2008.
  • Rebecca Falcasantos, Agency, Landscape, and Performance:  Cult Practice and Contestation in the Late Antique Constantinople, Brown University, Final Exams: Fall 2012.
  • Nikolas Hoel, Christian and Buddhist Monks: A Comparison of Seventh through Ninth Century Latin, Greek, and Chinese Hagiography, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Exams: Fall 2008.
  • Oleh Kindiy (okindiy[at]hotmail.com), Christos Didascalos: The Christology of Clement of Alexandria, Catholic University of America (Robin Darling Young).
  • Leonidas Pittos, Sacredly Narrating, Sacredly Praising: Theology, Encomium, Tradition, and Intellectual History in Late Byzantium [on Gregory Palamas], University of Chicago (Walter Kaegi), Anticipated completion in summer 2008.
  • Kathleen Quinn (quinnka[at]nku.edu), Panhellenic Sanctuaries in Greece during Late Antiquity: The Impact of Imperial Edicts Against Paganism, University of Cincinnati (C. Brian Rose), Exams May 1999.
  • Joshua Robinson (jrobin13@nd.edu), Nicholas of Methone’s Critique of Proclus: Theology and Neoplatonism in 12th-Century Byzantium, University of Notre Dame, Comprehensive exams passed in April 2010.
  • Colin Whiting, Christian Communities in Late Antiquity: The Luciferians and the Making of Heresy, University of California, Riverside (Michele Renee Salzman), Exams December 2012.

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