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Miles Doleac
  • Graduate Fellow 2009-2010


Miles Doleac is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History writing a dissertation entitled “The Condescension of Charity: Poor Relief in the Christian West in the Time of Gregory the Great” under the direction of Thomas Luongo (History) and Dennis Kehoe (Classics). His primary chronological focus is Late Antiquity, wherein his research interests include Christianity, poverty and charitable relief within the early Church, food distribution and consumption, marginal populations and institutional responses to them, monasticism and the evolution of the papacy.

Mr. Doleac was, most recently, a visiting student at the American Academy, Rome (Summer 2009). He also participated in the American School of Classical Studies-Athens’ Summer Archaeological Program (Summer 2008) and attended the Goethe Institute for German Language Study in Munich (Summer 2007). At Tulane, he has taught numerous courses within the Classics and History Departments including courses on the Early Middle Ages, Augustine, and the Age of Constantine. He received his M.A. in History from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the 2004-2005 academic year. He received his B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem.

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