What I do: I am a PhD candidate in History at Indiana University in the Ancient Studies field. I am interested in Byzantium and Asia Minor of Late Antiquity, and in the social function of liturgy — that is to say, Christian modes of multi-sensory public ritual. I am working on a dissertation studying civic devotions to the Mother of God in Constantinople from the fifth through the seventh centuries. In addition, I have interests in Modern Greek and contemporary religious issues in Greece and Asia Minor. I am also the spouse of a PhD student, which is sometimes a full-time gig in and of itself. I chant at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church and sometimes at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, I’m the Artistic Director of The Saint John of Damascus Society, and while it is not my primary academic focus, I’m very interested on a personal level in Byzantine chant and ecclesiastical music in general, as well as traditional American folk/vernacular music.
If, by some chance, you decide that what you’ve read here is worth something, here is an opportunity to pay what you think that might be. (Although, let’s be honest — if you actually think that, I recommend counseling. Lots of counseling.)