Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
366 Decio Hall
Research Interest: Greek and Roman Historiography, ethnography, late antiquity, and Rome-China comparative studies
Ford’s interests include Greek and Roman historiography, ethnography, late antiquity, and Rome-China comparative studies. His research has focused on the ways in which conceptions of ethnicity, identity, and political legitimacy in the Roman world were articulated in late antiquity, the period that ultimately saw the dissolution of the empire in the west and the rise of so-called barbarian kingdoms. He has also explored analogous historiographical strategies employed by Chinese historians who wrote under similar conditions of foreign invasion and conquest in the early medieval period.