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Skidmore College

Randolph FordRandolph Ford

visiting assistant professor

Office: Filene 211
Telephone: 518-580-5233

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., New York University (2016)
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)


  • Ethnographic Identities and the Politics of Empire in Late Roman and Early Medieval Chinese Historiography


  • History of the Roman Republic and Empire
  • Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
  • Greek and Roman historiography and ethnography
  • Ethnicity and identity in the ancient world
  • Comparative approaches to the study of antiquity
  • Ancient China and its relations with Central Asia


  • (Forthcoming) “Barbarians in Early Byzantium.” Dialogues d’histoire ancienne. Ed. Anca Dan and Huang Yang. Presses univ. de Franche-Comté, 2023. 
  • “Anger as an Ethnographic Trope: Changing Views from Aristotle to Seneca.” Emotions across Cultures: Classical Greece and China. Ed. David Konstan. De Gruyter, 2022.
  • “The Wars of Procopius and the Jinshu of Fang Xuanling: Historiographical Representations of Barbarian Political Identity under Reconstituted Empires.” In Historiography and Identity IV: Writing History Across Medieval EurasiaEd. by Walter Pohl and Daniel Mahoney. Brepols, 2021.
  • Rome, China, and the Barbarians: Ethnographic Traditions and the Transformation of Empires. Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • “From Scythian, to Getan, to Goth: The Getica of Jordanes and the Classical Ethnographic Tradition.” In Historiographies and Identity II: Post-Roman Multiplicity and New Political Identities. Ed. Helmut Reimitz and Gerda Heydemann. Brepols, 2020.
  • “The Gaxian Cave 嘎仙洞 Inscription: The Perpetuation of Steppe Tradition under the Northern Wei Dynasty.” Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi, Vol. 20 (2013), pp. 23-66.