Shane Bobrycki is a historian of premodern Europe, with a special interest in the transformation of the Roman world into the medieval world. His current book project studies the ancient and medieval development of Europe and the Mediterranean through the perspective of the crowd.
His 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 post-Roman and medieval worlds. He has published articles on religious ritual, Latin poetry, Mediterranean slavery, the praise of kings and caliphs, manuscript studies, and the movement of words and texts from Egypt to Italy. His journal article “A Hypothetical Slave in Constantinople” received the Haskins Society Journal’s Bethell Prize for best article by a junior scholar. He has taught in ancient and medieval history, the history of economic thought, and the history of crowds. At MIT, he is teaching “Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective” (21H.134/14.70) in Fall 2017.
He received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2016, where his dissertation was awarded the Harold K. Gross Prize. He received an M.Phil. at Cambridge University in 2008 and his B.A. at Williams College in 2007. He has been a graduate fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a summer scholar at the American Academy at Rome, and a visiting scholar at the Università degli Studi di Padova and the École normale supérieure of Paris.