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Jordan Amspacher

Doctoral Candidate


I received my B.A. from the University of Texas, Arlington in 2013 with dual majors in English and History and dual minors in Classics and Medieval Studies. I received my M.A. in Early Christian Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. 
My dissertation, entitled “Troya Victa: Empire, Identity, and Apocalypse in Frankish Chronicles of the Fourth Crusade,” argues that the actors and the narrators of the Fourth Crusade approached the Greek East from a self-consciously historical perspective.  Ultimately, I propose that twelfth-century understandings of sacred and secular time contributed to a mindset which allowed contemporary audiences to both pre-emptively envision and retroactively accept the Latin conquest of Christian Constantinople as an integral component of God’s providential plan.

Research Interests

Cultural, Intellectual, and Religious History in Latin Europe's Long Twelfth Century, Crusading Literature and Rhetoric, Byzanto-Latin Relations, Latin Christian Perceptions of "the Other," and Reception.of the Classical Tradition in Latin Europe


Doctoral Candidate: The University of Tennessee, 2019
M.A. Early Christian Studies: University of Notre Dame, 2015
B.A. English and History: University of Texas, Arlington, 2013

Professional Service

During my Masters I served as a TA for courses on Ancient Greece and Rome, 

Greco-Roman Myth, and Roman Law and Governance. At the University of Tennessee I have served as a TA for courses on the History of Western Civilization, the History of the Later Roman World, and the History of the Middle East. During my Masters I also served as the Graduate Student Assistant for the University of Notre Dame's Center for Digital Scholarship. And at the University of Tennessee I have served as a Writing Tutor for the History Department and as a Research Assistant for the Voices Out Loud Project.

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