Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2023-2024
- DegreePh.D., History, Harvard University, 2022DissertationSightless Eyes, Broken Bodies: Punitive Blinding, Social Exclusion, and the Politics of Disability in the Byzantine WorldResearch ProjectLight Denied: Blindness as Punishment and Enforced Disability in the Byzantine World
Jake Ransohoff is a Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton’s Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies. He holds a joint BA in History and Medieval Studies from the University of Chicago and a PhD in History from Harvard. His current book project studies physical impairment (and above all blindness) as punishment for capital crimes in Byzantium and the medieval West. His other research interests include the history of the medieval Slavs, the material and environmental history of the post-Roman Mediterranean, and the study of Byzantium in the Renaissance; his volume The Invention of Byzantium in Early Modern Europe, edited with Nathanael Aschenbrenner, was published by Dumbarton Oaks Press in 2021.