Rachel Tyra


Rachel Tyra

Graduate Student

M.A. History, University of California, Riverside, 2018

B.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Research Areas

Imperial Power and Succession; Imperial Women; 4th Century Latin Biography; Christianity in the 4th Century Roman Empire

Contact Information
Department of History

I am interested in late antique Roman History focusing on the transformations of the social and political structures in the late fourth century, in particular, the representation and role of the emperor and imperial power. My research focuses on how imperial power is acquired and legitimated at the moment of succession and usurpation and the role of imperial women. My M.A. focused on the Historia Augusta and the role of sex and gender in imperial biographies, particularly how imperial mothers and wives are depicted in relation to the power of the emperor. Currently, I am researching the tension between changes in imperial rule and succession, the role of Christianity in imperial power, and the representation of women in late fourth century Latin texts during a period when the Empire was seeking to secure its borders and assert its authority.


Committee Members

Dr. Michele Salzman 

Dr. Denver Graninger

 Dr. Fariba Zarinebaf

Awards Received

The Captain William Edward McGinn, Squad 18, FDNY Scholarship: Awarded by Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in association with the American Academy in Rome Classical Summer School in 2019

The Ransom Research Award: Awarded by Connie and Roger Ransom in 2019