Seven Postdocs Join the Society of Fellows

“They are talented, articulate, and engaging,” Professor Randall Balmer says of the seven scholars who this fall joined the Society of Fellows.

Sean Griffin is an early medieval historian finishing his first monograph: Byzantine Liturgy and the Making of the Rus Primary Chronicle. “My research shows that the myth of origins for Rus—modern-day Kiev—can be found in the liturgical services of the Byzantine Empire,” says Griffin. He holds a PhD from UCLA and has been a visiting professor at Stanford. Griffin lived in St. Petersburg for two years with a family of Orthodox priests. “Being immersed in the way clerical life is lived in contemporary Russia fostered my interest in Byzantine history,” he says. “I plan to tap into Dartmouth’s Digital Humanities Program, comparing digitalized liturgical manuscripts with historiographical texts spanning as many as 12 centuries.”

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