Carl “CJ” Rice joins a select group of History MAs in winning the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Thesis Award for “Diocletian’s ‘Great Persecutions’: Minority Religions and the Roman Tetrarchy.” CJ’s thesis had previously won the History Department’s Thesis Award at graduation this May 2016. This study explores the violent persecution of Christians and Manicheans under the Roman emperor Diocletian.
This Fall, CJ is off to Yale to pursue a PHD in History. At Yale, CJ hopes to continue the work of his M.A. thesis by expanding the chronological parameters of the analysis. He is also developing an interest in the applications of critical theories (especially feminist and queer theories) to the study of religious violence in antiquity.