Mohamad Ballan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Stony Brook University
Professor Ballan's project closely examines the phenomenon of the “scholar-statesman”—litterateurs, physicians, and jurists who ascended to the highest administrative and executive offices of state—in late medieval Islamic Spain and North Africa. It focuses on the career and writings of Lisān al-Dīn ibn al-Khaṭīb (1313–1374), the preeminent historian, philosopher and chancellor of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, situating this figure within a vast intellectual-political network of scholars, functionaries and statesmen that extended from Seville to Damascus.
Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellows
Kosta Simic, Ph.D.
Dr. Simic holds a Ph.D. from Australian Catholic University. During his fellowship year he will focus on the Eastern community in the seventh and eighth-century (CE) Rome, examining possible identity formations in the context of social and political changes in the period in question.
Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow
Annie Killian, Ph.D.
Dr. Killian holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. She works closely with the Institute’s staff, especially its director of undergraduate studies and engagement, in the Institute’s outreach and engagement efforts directed at local schools as well as friends, alumni, and undergraduate majors and minors.
The Medieval Institute attracts scholars from around the world who wish to visit and use the Institute’s extensive library collection for their research.
Wiebke-Marie Stock, Ph.D.
Guest Research Assistant Professor, University of Bonn, Germany
Professor Stock is working on a project on Plotinus’ rationalization of Platonic demonology. Read more about Dr. Stock's work.
Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, Ph.D.
Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Seeger Center for Hellenistic Studies, Princeton University
Dr. Theodoropoulos holds a Ph.D. from King's College London. During his time at the Institute, he will be completing his book manuscript, "Liturgical Poetry in the Middle Byzantine Period: Hymns Attributed to Germanos I, Patriarch of Constantinople (715-730)," in which he pays special attention to the content and certain important formal features in a set of largely unpublished hymns, mostly kanons, composed during the iconoclastic and post-iconoclastic periods. Aside from bringing to light a considerable body of unpublished hymnographic material, his aim is to examine these hymns as a separate genre of Byzantine literature that served a practical function, namely, to convey dogmatic and ethical teachings to the congregation.