Yuliya Minets

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Hellenic Studies, Supported by the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity 2018-2019

Ph.D., Early Christian Studies, Catholic University of America, 2017


Yuliya Minets is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton University’s Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies supported by the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection of early Christian studies, history, classics, and linguistics. She received her BA and MA in history from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”; MA in Medieval studies from the Central European University; PhD in History from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (2011) and in Early Christian Studies from the Catholic University of America (2017). Her previous research projects have been supported by Lindsay Young Visiting Faculty Fellowship at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), the Dumbarton Oaks Research Fellowship, the Mellon-Helis Fellowship for Studies in Early Christianity (Catholic University of America), and the Central European University Master’s Scholarship.

In her scholarly works, Yuliya advocates the holistic approach to the study of early Christianity, one that emphasizes its diversity and the interaction between various forms and local traditions throughout the ancient Mediterranean. Her first dissertation analyzed the narrative strategies that Palladius of Helenopolis, an important early Christian writer, employed in his works, the “Dialogue on John Chrysostom” and the “Lausiac History”; it used reader-response criticism in order to explain why one author could produce two such disparate compositions. In recent years, Yuliya has focused on problems of multilingualism and the interplay between languages and identities in Late Antiquity. She is currently working on her book The Slow Fall of Babel: Languages and Identities in Late Antique Christianity, where she argues that Christianity in Late Antiquity became an unprecedented cultural and social factor that stimulated an ever-increasing engagement with foreign languages and traditions among Christian intellectuals and ruling elites.