Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2021)
M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2015)
B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder (2012, magna cum laude)
Late Antiquity, Early Christianity, Violence, Martyrdom, Landscape Studies, Late Antique Latin Poetry
Laura Roesch is a scholar of the late antique Mediterranean and of early Christianity. Her current work explores historical processes of imaginative Christianization in the late-fourth and early-fifth-century Roman Empire. She is particularly interested in how late ancient Roman Christians used violence, martyrdom, and poetry to creatively understand and experience their histories, their communities, and the very landscapes around them.
She has received generous support for her research from the University of Tennessee Humanities Center and the Marco Institute at UT, and has presented original work at the Society for Classical Studies, Oxford Patristics, and the North American Patristics Society.