Ariana is a first-year Ph.D. student with an abiding interest in the history of power, conflict, and religion. She sees Iberia, home at that time to members of the three Abrahamic faith traditions, as a microcosm of the larger themes and developments in Western Europe and the Middle East in her period of specialization (1100-1300 CE). She is particularly interested in the dynamics of religious authority and religious faith during the crusades, jihads, and inquisitions of the 13th-century on the Mediterranean side of the peninsula. Her research will seek to add to the greater conversation on the nature of power in the medieval world and the dynamics of the religious tensions we continue to witness globally today.
She wrote her Classics and History undergraduate theses on, respectively, Lucretius and his influence on Renaissance thinkers, and Abu abd Allah ibn Hudhayl al-Azraq's 1247-1258 rebellion against Jaume I of Aragon.
Ariana received an A.B. from Ripon College in History, Classical Languages, and Spanish, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in May 2014.