Assistant Professor of Historical Studies
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Historical Studies
Biography:Nathanael Aschenbrenner is a historian of cross-cultural contacts in the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean. His research also focuses on the political thought of Byzantium and its connections with late medieval and early modern Europe. Professor Aschenbrenner completed his undergraduate studies at the US Naval Academy, and served as an explosive ordnance disposal officer in the Navy before pursuing his MA and PhD degrees in history. He is coeditor of The Invention of Byzantium in Early Modern Europe (2022) and is currently working on Empire Beyond Rome: Antiquity, Legitimacy, and Power in the Mediterranean, 1200–1500, a monograph about political and ideological competition over the legacy of the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean world. He has also published articles on the history of scholarship, Byzantine oratory, and late medieval politics.
BS, United States Naval Academy; MA, Georgetown University and King’s College London; PhD, Harvard University; postdoctoral research fellow, Princeton University. At Bard since 2023.