Bio

I am a scholar of Medieval Greek (or Byzantine) literature, especially of the late period (13th-15th c.). My work is particularly concerned with the question of how textual practices such as authorship, performance, publication, and reading/listening interact with social institutions and dynamics. I have thus conducted research and published on epistolary communication; patronage and networks of educated elites; rhetorical education, performance and self-representation; and aspects of gender in Byzantine literature (especially 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 forthcoming Brill Companion to Byzantine Epistolography, 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. Other (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 a dictionary of Byzantine authors (De Gruyter, forthcoming).

A native of Munich, Germany, I hold a MA (2007) and PhD (2011) in Byzantine Studies from the University of Munich. 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, Greek paleography and textual criticism, and I am also keen to advise doctoral theses. As of 2017/18, I am a member of the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

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