Ian Mladjov


Ian Mladjov

Position: Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: imladjo@bgsu.edu
Address: 133 Williams Hall


  • Bowling Green State University (lecturer)
  • Center for Russian, East-European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan (research associate)

Fields of Study

  • The Byzantine Empire and the Medieval Balkans
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Medieval Europe and the Medieval Mediterranean
  • Medieval Eastern Europe and Pre-Romanov Russia
  • Egypt and the Ancient Near East
  • The Medieval and Islamic Near East


  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. (ABD)
  • University of Michigan, M.A.
  • Cornell University, B.A.

Selected Publications

  • Mladjov, I. 2015. Bulgarians and Magyars as Allies and Rivals Across the Early Medieval Frontier. V. Gjuzelev and G. N. Nikolov, eds., South-Eastern Europe in the Second Half of the 10th–the Beginning of the 11th Centuries: History and Culture. Sofia: 63-84.
  • Mladjov, I. 2015. The Crown and the Veil: Titles, Spiritual Kinship, and Diplomacy in Tenth-Century Bulgaro-Byzantine Relations. History Compass, 13: 171-183.
  • Mladjov, I. 2014. Rediscovering Queen Tanodjmy: A probable link between Dynasties 18 and 19. Gottinger Miszellen 242: 57-70.
  • Mladjov, I. 2012. The Children of Ivan Asen II and Eirene Komnene. Bulgaria Mediaevalis, 3: 403-418.
  • Mladjov, I. 2011. The Bulgarian Prince and Would‐be Emperor Lodovico. Bulgaria Mediaevalis, 2: 569-585.
  • Mladjov, I. 2010. Some Observations on the Upper Vardar and Upper Struma Valleys in the Late Middle Ages (c. 1240–c.1380). Bulgaria Mediaevalis 1: 137-162.
  • Mladjov, I. 2004. Reconsidering Agatha, Wife of Eadward the Exile. Plantagenet Connection, Summer/Winter 2003: 1-85.
  • Mladjov, I. 2002. Between Byzantium and Rome: Bulgaria and the West in the aftermath of the Photian Schism. Byzantine Studies/Etudes Byzantines, 4: 172-181.
  • Mladjov, I. 2000. Trans-Danubian Bulgaria: Reality and Fiction. Byzantine Studies/Etudes Byzantines 3: 85-128.
  • Mladjov R., and I. Mladjov. 1999. This Side Up: A New Theory about Pyramid Building. Discovering Archaeology, May/June 1999: 90-93.


  • “From Roman Tetrarchs to Barbarian Kings: the “Family of Rulers” in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages,” Cities, Saints and Memory in Late Antiquity: A Conference in Honor of Ray Van Dam, Ann Arbor, MI, October, 2015.
  • “An intermediate Rome: Serdica in the early Fourth Century,” Association of Ancient Historians, Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 2013.
  • “Byzantium and Political Legitimation in Medieval Bulgaria,” 22nd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 2011.
  • “Simeon’s Presumption: Barbarism or Classicism?,” 36th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 2010.
  • “Borders, Monasteries, and Borderless Piety,” 35th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Florida State University, Sarasota, FL, November 2009.
  • “Byzantium, Bulgaria, and the Family of Kings,” 31st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, October 2005.
  • “The Case of Iusta Grata Honoria and Imperial Women in Late Antiquity,” 28th  Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, November 2002.
  • “Between Byzantium and Rome: Bulgaria in the aftermath of the Photian Schism,” 26th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 2000.
  • “A New Look at Bulgaria’s Northwestern Neighbors in the Tenth Century (Bulgaria, the Magyars, and the Greeks, in Byzantine and Hungarian Sources),” 25th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, November 1999.

Invited Talks

  • “Bulgaria and the Magyars as Allies and Rivals across the Early Medieval Frontier,” International Conference “South-Eastern Europe in the Second Half of the 10th–the Beginning of the 11th Centuries: History and Culture,” Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, October 2014.
  • “The Byzantine Empire,” World History Initiative, Era 4, Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, July 2011.

Courses Taught

  • World Civilizations
  • Caesar and Christ: Rome and the Mediterranean
  • Ancient Greece
  • The Crusades

Faculty Member of the Year, 2010–2011, Bowling Green State University