Thomas Christopher Lawrence
- PhD, University of Tennessee, 2013
- MA, University of Toronto, 2001
- BA, University of Massachusetts, 1997
I am a historian of the later Roman Empire and early medieval Europe. My research is mainly focused on the political and cultural history of the Roman Empire during the fourth and fifth centuries C.E., particularly topics such as Roman/“barbarian” interaction, the rise of the military aristocracy, and the collapse of Roman central authority in Western Europe in the late fifth century. My recent dissertation, entitled “Crisis of Legitimacy: Honorius, Galla Placidia, and the Struggles for Control of the Western Roman Empire, 405 – 425 C.E.”, combined these interests to offer a new analytical narrative of the turbulent first quarter of the fifth century.
“Rise of Christianity: Imperial Patronage and the Struggle for Religious Dominance in the Later Roman Empire.” In World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy. ABC-Clio, 2014.
Entries on Alaric I, Childeric I, Jordanes, Orosius, the Alammani, the Alans, the Goths, the Huns, and the Vandals in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Edited by Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, et al. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
Awards and Service:
International Network for Late Antiquity Travel Grant (2010)
Jimmy and Dee Haslam Dissertation Prize (2010)
Jimmy and Dee Haslam Summer Dissertation Prize (2009)