I was born in Gdańsk in Poland just in time to experience, at close distance, the fall of the eastern bloc. History, however, was not my first choice: I read Mathematics in Paris, Finance and Banking in Warsaw, and worked for several years as a strategic consultant. But ever since I first read Suetonius at the age of seven I had a strong interest for first Roman, and then Byzantine history. I studied it in Warsaw, and obtained a doctorate from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris) and the University of Warsaw in 2009 for a dissertation about the monothelete controversy. I came to Oxford in 2011 as a Newton Fellow of the British Academy, and was Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded project “Dirhams for Slaves” (2013-17) and departmental lecturer (2016-17). After a spell as Birmingham Fellow (2017-18), I returned to Oxford as Associate Professor in Byzantine History in 2018.
Research and Teaching
I am interested in various aspects of the Byzantine (or medieval Roman) empire, e.g. religious controversies in the seventh century, slavery and social history, the economy of the middle Byzantine period, historiography, bureaucracy, and relations between Byzantium and the Islamic world. I also try to place Byzantine history in its Eurasian context: my post-doctoral project studied a large-scale slave trade system that connected northern Europe (i.e., Scandinavia and the Slavic lands) and the Islamic world in the ninth and tenth centuries. This research led me to a comparative reflection on medieval slavery in various medieval societies. Finally, I have a strong interest in the medieval history of East Asia. I teach and tutor courses on Byzantine and general medieval history. I am happy to supervise postgraduate students on a broad range of topics in the history of Byzantium and its neighbours, such as – but not limited to – those listed above.
“The First Arab Siege of Constantinople”, Travaux et Mémoires 17 (2013) 237-320
(edited, with Federico Montinaro) Studies in Theophanes [= Travaux et Mémoires 19] (Paris, 2015)
(edited, with Felix Biermann) The invisible commodity? Archaeology of early medieval slavery (forthcoming in 2020)
(edited, with Jonathan Shepard and Jacek Gruszczyński) Silver, Slaves and Gotland (forthcoming in 2020)
(with Richard Price) The Acts of the Council of Constantinople of 680-681, Translated Texts for Historians (Liverpool University Press) (forthcoming in 2020-1)