Fields of Study: Early Middle Ages, Late Antiquity
Merle Eisenberg is currently a first year PhD student studying the Early Middle Ages and Late Antiquity, focusing on the emergence and disappearance of group identities, especially in the fourth through seventh centuries. His current research examines groups that failed to create or created only short lived successor states - Alamanni, Burgundians, and Gepids among others - during the transformation of the late Roman world. His broader interests include Roman and post-Roman legal codes, the use of material culture and archaeology, and rural society.
Past projects have investigated the evolving identity of the Isaurians in the Late Roman Empire, Jewish slave owners in the post-Roman West, and the water supply of Late Antique Constantinople.
Merle received an M.A. in Medieval History with Distinction from King's College London in 2011 and a B.A., in History and Government, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colby College in 2007. In the intervening years, he worked in politics.