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B.A. History and Classical Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2014
Kyle B. Brunner is a fourth-year PhD student at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. His research and dissertation investigate the social history of the Middle East between the Late Roman/Sasanian and the Early Islamic periods, from the 5th to 9th centuries CE. In particular, he focuses on socio-environmental issues, such as ownership over natural resources, group affiliation, and the constructed space between religious communities. As one avenue to assess these issues, he is exploring preserved Syriac epistles and hagiographies composed during nascent Islam, as they are a rich and under-utilized resource for early Medieval Middle Eastern socioeconomic life. Since 2013, Brunner has collaborated with the University of Copenhagen’s archaeological excavations as a Field Archaeologist at Jerash, Jordan under the direction of Louise Blanke. Their recent results from the 2015 and 2017 seasons will be published in the upcoming issues of the Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. At Jerash, they are currently investigating continued habitation of urban domestic space from the Roman to ʿAbbāsid periods. This past year, Brunner received several fellowships, including a Pre-Doctoral Research residency at Dumbarton Oaks’s Department of Byzantine Studies and the 2019 Talal Dr. and Mrs. Wesal Findakly Fellowship in the Digital Humanities at Beth Mardutho–The Syriac Institute, where he is helping develop Handwritten–Text–Recognition (HTR) models to read and transcribe Medieval Syriac manuscripts written in Estrangelo, Serto, and East–Syrian scripts.
Late Antique and Medieval Middle Eastern History, Early Islam and Christianity, Art and Archaeology of Islam, Religious Belief and Violence, Arabic and Syriac Historiography, Pre-Islamic Arabia, Formation of the Islamic World, Christian Monasticism, Christian–Muslim Relations, History of Religious and Social Landscapes