I am a scholar of Medieval Greek (or Byzantine) literature, especially of the late period (13th-15th c.). My work addresses the question of how textual practices such as authorship, performance, publication, and reading/listening interact with social institutions and dynamics. I have conducted research and published on epistolary communication; patronage and networks of educated elites; rhetorical education, performance and self-representation; book culture; and aspects of gender in Byzantine literature, particularly women’s writing.
My first monograph will be devoted to the correspondence of the late Byzantine statesman and intellectual Nikephoros Choumnos (d. 1327)―an important representative of the so-called "Palaiologan Renaissance". Besides a critical edition and translation of the letters, this book will comprise a thorough reassessment of Choumnos’ biography and studies on various aspects of his correspondence, including a discussion of the historical context of each letter, and a reconstruction of the formation and narrative composition of the extant letter collections. I am also the editor of the A Companion to Byzantine Epistolography (Brill, 2020), which approaches the culture of Byzantine letter-writing from a variety of socio-historical and literary perspectives, and places it in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary context. Co-edited volumes include a collection of essays on late Byzantine history and culture in honor of Franz Tinnefeld (Koinotaton doron, De Gruyter, 2016) and Epistolary Poetry in Byzantium and Beyond. An Anthology with Critical Essays (Routledge, 2021). Together with Louise Blank, Ivan Drpić, Niels Gaul, Yannis Stouraitis and Alicia Walker, I serve as editor of the new monograph series Edinburgh Byzantine Studies (Edinburgh University Press).
I am a native of Munich, Germany and hold an MA (2007) and a PhD (2011) in Byzantine Studies from my hometown university. I was a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C. in 2009/10 and a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in 2016. Before joining Harvard’s Department of the Classics, I was a lecturer in Byzantine philology at the University of Vienna. Visiting teaching appointments have brought me to Central European University (Budapest), the University of Patras, and Masaryk University (Brno).
At Harvard I offer introductory courses to Medieval Greek language and literature as well as more advanced classes on post-classical Greek literature, Greek paleography and textual criticism, and I am also keen to advise doctoral theses.
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