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Department of History

Brown University

Box N, 79 Brown St.

Providence, RI 02912

401·863·5121/FAX 401·863·1040



2014–present Brown University, Department of History, Associate Professor

2011–2014 Brown University, Department of History. Assistant Professor

2005–2011 University of San Diego, Department of History. Assistant Professor 2004–2005 Columbia University, Department of History. Visiting Assistant Professor 2004 Harvard University, Department of History. Lecturer


1998–2004 Harvard University, Department of History. Ph.D., 2004 Dissertation: “Staying Roman: Vandals, Moors, and Byzantines in Late Antique North Africa, 400–700” 1996–1998 Harvard University, Department of History. A.M., 1998 General Exam fields: Roman History, Late Antiquity, Medieval Europe, Modern Middle East 1992–1996 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. B.A., summa cum laude, 1996 1995–1996 University of London, King’s College. Academic Year Abroad 1994 University of Iceland, Reykjavík. International Summer Course in Icelandic


Late ancient and early medieval Mediterranean; Vandal, Moorish, and Byzantine North Africa; Carolingian Europe; Muslim–Christian interaction; identity; communications; documentary practice.


* indicates peer-reviewed publication Staying Roman: Conquest and Identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439–700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.* North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam, ca. 500–ca. 800. Volume co-edited with Susan T. Stevens (Randolph College). Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, forthcoming.* “Introduction: Re-Imagining Byzantine Africa.” Co-written with Susan T. Stevens. In North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam, ca. 500–ca. 800, edited by Susan T. Stevens and Jonathan P. Conant.

Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, forthcoming.

“Sanctity and the Networks of Empire.” In North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam, ca. 500–ca. 800, edited by Susan T. Stevens and Jonathan P. Conant. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, forthcoming.* “Louis the Pious and the Contours of Empire.” Early Medieval Europe (forthcoming).* “Romanness in the Age of Attila.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila, edited by Michael Maas.

Cambridge University Press (in production).

“Public Administration, Private Individuals, and the Written Word in Late Antique North Africa, c. 284– 1 Jonathan P. Conant curriculum vitae 700.” In Laypeople and Documents in the Early Middle Ages, edited by A.J. Kosto, M. Innes, W.C. Brown, and M. Costambeys, 36–62. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.* “Europe and the African Cult of Saints, circa 350–900: An Essay in Mediterranean Communications.” Speculum 85 (2010): 1–46.* “Private Documentation and Literacy in Vandal North Africa: The Case of the Albertini Tablets.” In Vandals,

Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique Africa, edited by A.H. Merrills, 199–224. Aldershot:

Ashgate Press, 2004.

“The Imperatives of Vandal Diplomacy and the Remaking of the Mediterranean.” In Guerrieri, mercanti e profughi nel Mare dei Vandali. Atti del convegno internazionale. Messina 7–8 settembre 2009, edited by Vincenzo Aiello. Messina: Dipartimento si Scienze dell’Antichità dell’Università di Messina, forthcoming.

REVIEWS Cam Grey, Constructing Communities in the Late Roman Countryside (Cambridge, 2011). Early Medieval Europe (forthcoming) Jamie P. Wood, The Politics of Identity in Visigothic Spain: Religion and Power in the Histories of Isidore of Seville (Leiden, 2012). Early Medieval Europe (forthcoming) Peter Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350– 550 AD (Princeton, 2012). Journal of Economic History 74 (2014): 627–628 Brent Shaw, Sacred Violence: African Christians and Sectarian Hatred in the Age of Augustine (Cambridge, 2011).

Journal of Roman Archaeology 26 (2013): 910–914 Leslie Dossey, Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa, Transformation of the Classical Heritage 47 (Berkeley, 2010). American Historical Review 117 (2012): 305–306.

Andy Merrills and Richard Miles, The Vandals (Chichester, 2010). Speculum 87 (2012): 69–71.

Michael Dietler, Archaeologies of Colonialism. Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France (Berkeley, 2010). Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42 (2011): 453–454.

Kevin Uhalde, Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine (Philadelphia, 2007). Speculum 84 (2009): 500–502.

Nicholas Everett, Literacy in Lombard Italy, c. 568–774 (Cambridge, 2003). Early Medieval Europe 13 (2005): 122– 123.


The Carolingians and the Ends of Empire, c. 795–840. Second book project.

“Jews and Christians in Vandal Africa.” In Barbarians and Jews: Jews and Judaism in the Early Medieval West, edited by Yitzhak Hen, Ora Limor, and Thomas F.X. Noble. Turnhout: Brepols, submitted (anticipated publication 2014).

“Donatism in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries AD.” In: The Donatist Controversy, edited by Richard Miles.

Liverpool University Press (under contract; anticipated delivery July 2014).

“Charlemagne, Latin, and the Afterlife of Empire in the Eighth- and Ninth-Century Southern Mediterranean.” In Latinity in the Post-Classical World, edited by Oren Margolis and Graham Barrett.

Oxford University Press, in preparation (anticipated delivery November 2014).

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, edited by Oliver Nicholson and Mark Humphries. Oxford University

Press, under contract; submitted. Six entries of an average of 120 words each, on the following topics:

 Deogratias  Ferrandus  Moors  Domitius Alexander  Laterculus Regum Vandalorum  Solomon 2   Jonathan P. Conant curriculum vitae PROFESSIONAL TALKS (SINCE 2010) March 2015 “Afro-European Hagiographic Transfers.” A Sea and its Saints: Hagiography and the (forthcoming) Structuring of the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages. Deutsches Historisches Institut – Rom (Rome), Italy.

December 2014 “Imagining Distant Spaces in the Frankish World, ca. 700–840.” Linking the (forthcoming) Mediterranean: Regional and Trans-Regional Interactions in Times of Fragmentation (300–800 CE). Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria.

March 2014 “Donatism in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries AD.” The Donatist Controversy. Cambridge University, Trinity College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

April 2013 “Latinity and the Afterlife of Empire.” Latinity in the Post-Classical World. Campo Santo Teutonico, Vatican City.

February 2013 “The Forgotten Transition: North Africa between Byzantium and Islam.” Africa – Ifriqiya. Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Rom (Rome), Italy.

November 2012 “Defying Attila: Slavery, Violence, and the Precariousness of Social Obligations in the Fifth-Century Mediterranean.” Bryn Mawr College.

April 2012 “Sanctity and the Networks of Empire.” Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.

“Rome Re-Imagined: Byzantine and Early Islamic Africa, c. 500-800.” Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks. Co-Symposiarch (conference organizer) with Susan T. Stevens (Randolph College).

“The Carolingians and the Ends of Empire.” The Medieval Globe: Communication, Connectivity, and Exchange. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

February 2012 “Slavery and Roman Identity in the Fifth-Century Mediterranean.” Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar, Brown University.

November 2011 “Disorder and Defenselessness: Roman Citizenship and the Ambiguities of Slavery in the Late Antique Mediterranean.” Corresponding Landscapes: Religious and Cultural Exchange in the Post-Classical Mediterranean (Colloquium), Brown University.

May 2011 “The Fall of the Roman Empire.” Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Banquet, University of San Diego.

July 2010 “The Vandal Capture of Rome, A.D. 455: Strategies of Violence in the New Mediterranean.” NEH Summer Seminar, American Academy in Rome, Italy.

February 2010 “Romanness, Local Identity, and the Vandal Persecution.” Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Rom (Rome), Italy.

Presenter at the workshop, “Religious Identity, Conversion, and Ethnic Identity in Late Antiquity,” St. Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden, United Kingdom.

January 2010 “Christianity and Local Culture in Late Antique North Africa.” Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity Seminar, Worcester College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

“Conquest and Identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439-700.” Early Medieval Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London, United Kingdom.

“Slavery and Roman Identity in the Fifth-Century Mediterranean.” Co-organizer of the panel, “Slavery in the Late Antique Mediterranean,” with Kyle Harper (University of Oklahoma) and Gregory A. Smith (Central Michigan University).

American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

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“The Search for King Arthur” (History 0980G). The history and archaeology of post-Roman Britain, ca.

A.D. 400–900.

 Spring 2013 (16 students) “The Long Fall of the Roman Empire” (History 1030). Late antiquity, early medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world.

 Fall 2014 (50 students, provisional)  Fall 2012 (69 students)  Fall 2011 (7 students) “The Viking Age” (History 1031). The North Sea, North Atlantic, Baltic, and Eastern European world, ca.

A.D. 700–1100.

 Spring 2012 (58 students)  Spring 2013 (99 students) “Charlemagne: Conquest, Empire, and the Making of the Middle Ages” (History 1976Z). Undergraduate seminar on the history of Western Europe and the Mediterranean, ca. 750–900.

 Fall 2013 (20 students, provisional)  Fall 2012 (16 students)  Fall 2011 (4 students) “Barbarians, Byzantines, and Berbers: Early Medieval North Africa, A.D. 300–1050” (History 1977F).

Undergraduate seminar on the Maghrib in the Christian and early Islamic eras.

 Spring 2012 (8 students)


Emily Hurt, “Bishops, Martyrs, and Circumcellions: The Church in Conflict in Fourth-Century North Africa.” Undergraduate thesis, Honors, Fall 2012 (primary adviser)

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LANGUAGES Primary research languages: Latin, Greek, Arabic; French, German, Italian, Spanish Other languages: Old English, Old Irish, Icelandic


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