I am a premodern historian of the Mediterranean interested in periods of large-scale historical change, crisis and decline, and how these affected existing social, cultural and political structures in the region. I recently defended my dissertation at Princeton University and am about to begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute.
Most of my current research examines the interactions between premodern societies and the environment, as part of Princeton's CCHRI (Climate Change and History Research Initiative), of which I am Associate Director and co-PI. In particular, I investigate societal resilience to short-term cataclysmic events around the Mediterranean. An article I wrote on the resilience of sixth century Antioch has won the Peter R. Brown prize; several others, on historical earthquakes and floods, are under review. Another contribution discusses the necessary consilience between history, archaeology, and the natural sciences when uncovering how premodern societies responded to environmental stress.
My dissertation, Costly Diversity: Transformations, Networks, and Minorities in Byzantium, 976-1118, investigates the transformation of eleventh century Byzantine society through social changes in practices such as imperial succession and development of elite networks, alongside the shifting trajectories of minority groups within society, namely, eunuchs, foreigners, and women. I am in the process of turning my dissertation into a book; in the meanwhile, you can read the dissertation's abstract here and see some of the visualizations of eleventh century Byzantine society here.
I am also the Director and PI of FLAME (Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy), a large international digital humanities project that reconstructs the early medieval economy 325-c.725 between Ireland and India using coinage as a proxy. FLAME aims to reveal new information about large questions over the period such as the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam and the development of the European economy. Research on FLAME has resulted in a forthcoming paper on medieval coin imitations I have worked on with Alan Stahl; another article on FLAME as a project is under review.
A side project of mine, Remembering Rome, Forgetting Byzantium, examines the historical memories of the Roman/Byzantine Empire in the public spaces of its former provinces in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (covering the Balkans, modern Turkey, and parts of the Caucasus and the Middle East). This project grew from my research trips around these regions over the past several years, and I am going to present it at the Mediterranean Seminar meeting in February at Notre Dame.
Before completing my PhD at Princeton (2017), I completed a MA in Clinical Psychology (Hebrew University, 2011, magna cum laude) and a BA (2009, Hebrew University, summa cum laude), where I double-majored in History and Psychology.