As a premodern historian, I am interested in periods of large-scale historical change, crisis and decline, and how these affected existing social, cultural and political structures in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. I am a PhD (ABD) student at the History Department at Princeton University, finalizing my dissertation which I will defend by May 2017.
My dissertation, Emperors and Elites in Eleventh Century Eastern Roman Empire, examines the eleventh century crisis in Byzantium through social changes in practices such as foreign immigration, imperial succession and formation of elite networks.
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 paper on medieval coin imitations I have submitted to the Journal of Nordic Numismatics with Alan Stahl.
Additionally, I am the Associate Director and co-PI of CCHRI (Climate Change and History Research Initiative). As a researcher, I investigate societal resilience to short-term cataclysmic events in the premodern Mediterranean, and am currently finalizing a couple of contributions to the Journal of Human Ecology on historical earthquakes in Byzantium and floodings in Egypt and Mesopotamia.
My next project, 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.
These projects are only part of my work at Princeton, where I am involved in interdisciplinary activities and service. I enjoy bringing people together for stimulating interdisciplinary encounters and have been organizing conferences and workshops for the past couple of years (seven in 2014/5 and 2015/6). Over 2016/7, I have co-convened the CCHRI workshop on palynology, and am coordinating the 2nd International Conference on the Mediterranean Economy in Turkey (Jan. 2017) and convening a conference on premodern families and a colloquium at CCHRI (both in May 2017). I am also the organizer of a panel at Kalamazoo (May 2017). In addition, I am a Fellow of the PECS (Princeton Environment and Climate Scholars), where I am working with a group to examine resilience to climate change in the past, present and future. I am also a member of the Career Services’ Graduate Student Advisory Board.
Before coming to Princeton, I completed an M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Hebrew University, 2011, magna cum laude) and a B.A. (2009, Hebrew University, summa cum laude), where I double-majored in History and Psychology.