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Jonas Tai

Jonas Tai

PhD Student, Ancient History
B.A. Rutgers University, 2020 (Classics, History, Medieval Studies)
MSt University of Oxford, 2021 (Greek and Roman History)

I earned my B.A. from Rutgers University - New Brunswick in 2020, triple-majoring in Classics, History, and Medieval Studies. My undergraduate research was generally focused on ethnic cleansing, mass enslavement, and population displacement in the ancient Middle East, Archaic and Classical Greece, and Byzantium. I wrote my senior honors thesis on the wartime practice of andrapodismos -mass execution and enslavement - as it appears in Greek historiographical writing through the Roman period. I also had the opportunity to write another capstone paper on imperial and ecclesiastical responses to mass population displacement in the Byzantine Empire during the Catalan and Turkish invasions of the early 14th century, in the reign of Andronikos II Palaiologos. Thanks to the generosity of the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme, I was able to spend a year in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University, earning an MSt in Greek and Roman History. I wrote my dissertation on the lists of bishops who had attended the First Council of Nicaea (325) and their implications for our understanding of the traditional historiographical narratives surrounding the council.

My research interests continue to be focused on communal effacement and ethnic cleansing in the ancient world, as well as the development of ecclesiastical institutions and church historiography in imperial Rome and Late Antiquity.