Jonathan J. Arnold
I am trained as an ancient and medieval historian and am also a Latinist. My professional research focuses on the late antique and early medieval West, with an emphasis on Gaul and Italy. I am especially interested in the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire and questions of identity at this time (5th and 6th centuries). My current book examines such questions within the context of “Ostrogothic” Italy, placing this "barbarian" kingdom firmly within the Roman imperial tradition. I work with a number of notoriously difficult Latin authors, including Sidonius Apollinaris, Magnus Felix Ennodius, and Cassiodorus Senator. At TU I teach courses in ancient and medieval history, and also moonlight in film studies.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 2008.
- Graduate Certificate, Greek and Roman History, University of Michigan, 2007.
- M.A., History, University of Michigan, 2003.
- B.A., Latin, University of Maine, 2001 (minor medieval/Ren. studies).
- B.A., History, University of Maine, 2001 (minor classical studies).
Areas of Academic Specialty
- Greco-Roman History
- Barbarian Studies
- The Medieval Mediterranean and Europe
- Film Studies
Previous Teaching Experience
- Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, 2003-2006.
- Latin Tutor, University of Maine, 1999-2001.
- American Historical Association (since 2007).
- American Philological Association (since 2007).
- Medieval Academy of America (since 2007).