My interest in Byzantine Studies began when I was an exchange student at the Department of History, Bilkent University, between 2007 and 2008. My travel experiences in Anatolia during that year had maintained my interest in Byzantine Studies after returning to Taiwan. I started my MA in Byzantine Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2011.
I am interested in the impact of the Mongol expansion in the thirteenth century on Anatolian economy.
Although Anatolia had always been a unique geographical space where cultures, religions and political actors interacted in the medieval times, the thirteenth and subsequent centuries are one of the periods that drew much attention to its social and political transformation before the rise of the Ottomans. The thirteenth century was also a period of Byzantium without Byzantium, with no uncontested and overarching imperial authority for almost half a century. This change in political landscape had led to much evaluation of the impact of political realignments on overall economic developments. My research aims at examining the economic development of central and southern Anatolia before, during and after the Mongol domination to provide a clearer understanding of such an impact.
Teaching Assistant for Byzantium and the Transformation of the Roman World (with Professor Leslie Brubaker)
Teaching Assistant for Barbarians and the Transformation of the Roman World (with Dr. Alexander Skinner)
2013 College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarship University of Birmingham
Research Paper Given
26 May 2012
Paper given at the 13th postgraduate colloquium ‘Middle Earth’ organised by the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, entitled ‘The Byzantines in the Iberian Peninsula c.554 – c.624 AD’, University of Birmingham
Membership of Organisations
Friend of the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham
General Editor of Diogenes, the online postgraduate journal at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham