Daniel Conigliaro

Mentor: Dr. Andrea Sterk
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I applied for the University Scholars Program because I wanted to enhance my studies in late antique and early medieval Europe with research experience.  I became very interested in the late antique world when I took my first history class at UF, "Pagans, Christians, and Barbarians," with the professor who is now my adviser.  Now I wish to go in-depth in studying this extremely pivotal period in the history of western civilization."


History and Classical Studies Double Major



Research Interests

  • Christian History
  • Late Antiquity
  • Medieval Religion

Academic Awards

    • Anderson Scholar, High Distinction
    • Dean's List, 2010-2013
    • George and Liberty Perry Latin Tradition Scholarship
    • Joseph Deiss Memorial Scholarship Recipient


  • Catholic Student Center
  • Parish Council, St. Augustine Catholic Church



Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Watching Movies
  • Spending time with friends

Research Description

Bishops and Christianization in Late Fourth-Century Northern Italy

My purpose will be to conduct a study of the lesser-known north Italian bishops of the late fourth and early fifth century and the community that they formed with each other.  I will be working with various sermons, letters, and spiritual writings of these bishops.  I intend to focus my research on three main questions.  First, how did bishops in a particular geographic region such as northern Italy interact and communicate with each other, and what were the dynamics of those interactions?  Second, to what extent was the process of Christianization (particularly pro-Nicene Christianization) a coordinated effort among the bishops of northern Italy in the late fourth century?  Third, how did these bishops, as a collective whole, respond to challenges to Christianization posed by pagans and imperial politics?