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Fellows and Visiting Scholars

James Almeida

James Almeida

Exploring the connections between Inca and early Colonial labor strategies and their ties to the development of racial ideology.

Academic Year

Dimiter Angelov

Dimiter Angelov

Byzantine Studies Visiting Scholar

Spring Term

Trenton Barnes

Trenton Barnes

Pursuing an emic understanding of Teotihuacan architectural practices through Teotihuacan-Maya interactions and indigenous languages and terminology.

Academic Year

Robyn Bollinger

Robyn Bollinger

Telling the story of that most indulgent musical tradition, the encore, in an original multimedia recital.

Fall Term

Brad Boswell

Brad Boswell

Exploring the cosmological arguments advanced by Julian and Cyril of Alexandria in light of the larger early Byzantine political context.

Fall Term

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Ashley Buchanan

Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Humanities

Academic Year

Gina Buckley

Gina Buckley

Analyzing isotopic ratios and mortuary practices from Teotihuacan to understand urban migration patterns over time.

Academic Year

Stephanie Caruso

Stephanie Caruso

Postdoctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art and Archaeology, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives

Academic Year

Victor Castillo

Victor Castillo

Exploring the negotiation between ritual continuity and innovation during the Spanish conquest of the Maya highlands.

Academic Year

Sasson Chahanovich

Sasson Chahanovich

Furthering our understanding of Ottoman eschatological enthusiasm in the early modern eastern Mediterranean.

Academic Year

Iyaxel Cojti Ren

Iyaxel Cojti Ren

Postdoctoral Fellow in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives

Academic Year

David Colmenares Gonzalez

David Colmenares Gonzalez

Investigating the transformation of Nahua figures of power (teteoh) into “pagan gods” in the 16th century.

Summer Term

Costas N. Constantinides

Costas N. Constantinides

Preparing a publication of manuscripts from Iveron Monastery, Mt. Athos, mostly dating from the Palaiologan period.

Spring Term

Katherine Coty

Katherine Coty

Exploring the construction of Tuscian identity through three of the most celebrated 16th-century Italian gardens.

Academic Year

Matthew R. Crawford

Matthew R. Crawford

Translating Cyril of Alexandria’s Contra Julianum and shedding light on intellectual and social interactions in late antiquity.

Fall Term

Viet Cuong

Viet Cuong

Premiering a new work for Sandbox Percussion in March at Dumbarton Oaks.

Spring Term

Mirjana Danilovic

Mirjana Danilovic

Analyzing the efficacy of dance as a practice to adopt and interact with alterity during the veintena ceremonies.

Summer Term

Jan Willem Drijvers

Jan Willem Drijvers

Offering a reappraisal of Emperor Jovian’s short reign through the lenses of history and legend.

Summer Term

Kelsey Eldridge

Kelsey Eldridge

Studying the use of porphyry sarcophagi as a part of Byzantine material language employed by rulers abroad to bolster their authority.

Academic Year

Martina Filosa

Martina Filosa

Studying the prosopography of economic actors in Byzantine monasteries, churches, and pious foundations using lead seals.

Summer Term

Rebecca Friedel

Rebecca Friedel

Integrating primary sources, online resources, and secondary literature to narrate and foster the exploration of the cultural histories and influence of plants.

Academic Year

Eurydice Georganteli

Eurydice Georganteli

Byzantine Studies Visiting Scholar

Spring Term

Annette Giesecke

Annette Giesecke

Examining the influences of Near Eastern “paradises” on Roman gardens, underscoring deep links between East and West.

Academic Year

Alasdair Grant

Alasdair Grant

Exploring how different religious groups interacted in the later medieval Mediterranean through the lens of captivity.

Spring Term

Arianna Gullo

Arianna Gullo

Analyzing Greek ekphrastic epigrams to explore the development of a Christian visual culture.

Academic Year

Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde

Visiting Scholar

Fall Term

Vladimir Ivanovici

Vladimir Ivanovici

Analyzing the material culture of personal adornment to investigate how individuals expressed allegiance to Christ in late antiquity.

Summer Term

Jakub Kabala

Jakub Kabala

Exploring how Byzantine, Carolingian, and papal authors understood space and power in 9th-century Great Moravia.

Academic Year

Anthony Kaldellis

Anthony Kaldellis

Byzantine Studies Visiting Scholar

Spring Term

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy

Exploring social organization, power dynamics, and labor relations at colonial silver mining refineries in the western Lake Titicaca Basin.

Academic Year

Zeynep Kezer

Zeynep Kezer

Exploring ideologies of landscape through local resistance to the Turkish state’s efforts to integrate the Upper Euphrates region.

Academic Year

Matthew Kinloch

Matthew Kinloch

Examining the characters presented in Byzantine narratives through the theoretical lens of gender, queer, and collective narratology.

Academic Year

Ann Komara

Ann Komara

Contextualizing the reception and cultural production of meaning inherent to the landscape designs of J. C. A. Alphand.

Academic Year

Krystina Kubina

Krystina Kubina

Exploring the texts of agents of late Byzantine poetry and its role as a means of identity-building and cultural cohesion.

Summer Term

Savvas Kyriakidis

Savvas Kyriakidis

Examining the impact of oaths on Byzantine social relationships and the connection between honor and oath-taking.

Academic Year

Felipe Ledesma-Núñez

Felipe Ledesma-Núñez

Studying the musical rituals of Andean Christianity and “Pre-Columbian” religions in the rural colonial Andes.

Academic Year

Lindi Masur

Lindi Masur

Investigating maize horticulture and associated constructed landscapes of the early Late Woodland Western Basin Tradition peoples.

Academic Year

Erika Lorraine Milam

Erika Lorraine Milam

Exploring the history of the shared landscapes where scientists and the animals they study coexist.

Spring Term

Mikael Muehlbauer

Mikael Muehlbauer

Studying the only three centralized plan/cruciform churches in Ethiopia dating to the medieval period.

Academic Year

John Mulhall

John Mulhall

Offering a cultural history of the medieval translation movement of Greek and Arabic texts into Latin through the original writings of translators.

Academic Year

Victoria Pickering

Victoria Pickering

Integrating primary sources, online resources, and secondary literature to narrate and foster the exploration of the cultural histories and influence of plants.

Academic Year

Walter Pohl

Walter Pohl

Byzantine Studies Visiting Scholar

Spring Term

Sarah F. Porter

Sarah F. Porter

Analyzing early Christian deathscapes as architectural units, actors within the civic landscape, nodes of cultural memory, and sites of bodily practice.

Academic Year

Rachele Ricceri

Rachele Ricceri

Studying Michael Psellos’s appraisal of the psalms to shed light on the afterlife and the use of some of Psellos’s works.

Summer Term

Héléna Rochard

Héléna Rochard

Challenging the stereotype of solitude and isolation of Egyptian monasteries through a study of wall paintings at Bawit.

Fall Term

Felege-Selam Solomon Yirga

Felege-Selam Solomon Yirga

Investigating John of Nikiu’s Chronicle to reveal the diversity of thought among Egyptian Christians in the 7th and 8th centuries.

Academic Year

Stephanie M. Strauss

Stephanie M. Strauss

Exploring the interwoven Epi-Olmec monumental art and hieroglyphic program developed in Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Academic Year

Saburo Sugiyama

Saburo Sugiyama

Exploring Teotihuacan urbanization through excavation data, city layout, monumentality, rituals, arts, and social complexity.

Fall Term

Panagiotis Theodoropoulos

Panagiotis Theodoropoulos

Examining the administrative apparatus of Byzantine Italy in the 7th and 8th centuries using lead seals.

Summer Term

Loa Traxler

Loa Traxler

Synthesizing results of field investigations that uncovered core areas within the Early Classic Maya Acropolis at Copan.

Academic Year

Christopher Valesey

Christopher Valesey

Exploring the military ethos and martial behaviors of Mexica society through the lens of cultural perceptions of eagles and jaguars.

Summer Term

Baukje van den Berg

Baukje van den Berg

Advancing our understanding of Byzantine ideas on language, learning, and literature through an investigation of grammar education.

Spring Term

Julie Van Pelt

Julie Van Pelt

Exploring late antique hagiography from a literary point of view, especially the premetaphrastic Life and Martyrdom of Eugenia.

Summer Term

Flavia Vanni

Flavia Vanni

Analyzing Byzantine stucco decoration in terms of artisans and workshop practices, iconography, patronage, and perception.

Academic Year

Jessica Varsallona

Jessica Varsallona

Reconstructing the structures and narrative behind the reshaping of the Byzantine capital under the Palaiologan emperors.

Summer Term

Patricia Vigderman

Patricia Vigderman

Visiting Scholar

Fall Term

Warren Woodfin

Warren Woodfin

Investigating the relationship between the actual Byzantine liturgy of the Eucharist and its representations in visual form.

Academic Year

Michelle Elizabeth Young

Michelle Elizabeth Young

Exploring visual culture, religion, interregional interaction, and social identity in the “Chavín Phenomenon.”

Academic Year