Maria Nezbeda's research focuses on the transformation of the Roman world and the role of ethnicity and identity in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages. She received her MA in History at Vienna University in 2013. During her studies she worked on barbarian topoi and the function/position of barbarians in the Roman army. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis under prof. Walter Pohl. Within VISCOM, she focuses on kinship in the context of ethnic processes in tribal societies on the basis of antique historiography, in particular Ammianus Marcellinus, Jordanes and Procopius of Caesarea.