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Shane Bobrycki





Shane Bobrycki is a historian of premodern Europe, with a special interest in the transformation of the Roman world into the medieval world, and of the early Middle Ages into the high Middle Ages. His current book project, building on his dissertation “The Crowd in the Early Middle Ages, c. 500 - c. 1000,” examines these two transitions from the perspective of collective behavior. It explores how gatherings and ideas about crowds transformed in the wake of urban and demographic change.

Shane’s research interests include the interaction between cultural and material history, demography (and its relation to disease and climate), and the cross-cultural exchanges which shaped the early medieval Mediterranean. He has published articles on medieval poetry, Mediterranean slavery, the praise of kings and caliphs, and religious ritual. He has taught ancient and medieval history, the history of early modern and modern economic thought, and the history of crowds from hunting bands to social networks.

Shane received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2016. He completed an M.Phil. in Medieval History at Cambridge University in 2008, and received his B.A. in History and English from Williams College in 2007.