About Mark B. Wilson

Mark WilsonAs an historian Mark B. Wilson is an ancient historian who earned his Ph.D. in 2017 at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and teaches several courses in ancient history at Lehman College, CUNY, in the Bronx, New York. Broadly interested in Mediterranean civilization in the centuries preceding the Roman principate, his focus is the Roman Republic. He has also studied and taught Greek, medieval, and Byzantine history.

His dissertation focused on the role of the dictatorship in the early and middle Republic. His book, Dictator: The Evolution of the Roman Dictatorship, was released by Michigan University Press in October 2021.

Mark’s undergraduate work was at Livingston College, Rutgers University, whence he graduated with highest honors with degrees in journalism and history. His thesis work at Rutgers involved medieval paleography and resulted in an a transcription and analysis of a previously neglected 15th century annal.

At both Rutgers and the CUNY Grad Center Mark was extensively involved on campus, having been an integral member of the campus newspaper at both schools as well as the Rutgers Glee Club and other organizations. Mark returned to graduate study in history after a many years flogging computers in the corporate world, and has an extensive skillset in graphics, software development, and web design. He lives in the Bronx.

As a journalist In addition to his work in history, Mark has a degree in journalism and was in the past also an entertainment journalist (writing for About.com, AgonyBooth.com, and other sites) and a graphic designer.

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Curriculum Vitae


The Graduate Center, City University of New York
   M.Phil. in Ancient History, June 2012
   Ph.D. in Ancient History, June 2017
Dissertation: “The Needed Man: The Evolution, Abandonment, and
   Resurrection of the Roman Dictatorship”, 2017
   Supervisory Committee: Joel Allen; Jennifer Tolbert Roberts; Liv Yarrow
Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2005–2008

Livingston College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
   B.A. with Highest Honors in History and Journalism, May 1989
   Area of concentration: Medieval History
Honors Thesis: “The cronekelys of seyntes & kynges of ynglonde in Cambridge
   University Library MS. Ff.I.6.”, 1989
Campus paper Editor-in-Chief; co-president, RULGA; University Senator;
   manager, Rutgers University Glee Club

Walpole High School, Walpole, MA
Valedictorian, Class of 1985


Lehman College, City University of New York
   Ancient Civilizations; Ancient Rome; Ancient Greece; Women in Antiquity
   Marie Marianetti, Chair

Brooklyn College, City University of New York
   Shaping of the Modern World, 1500-present; Western Civilization to 1500
   David Troyanski, Chair

At various times alongside the above:
The New School: The City-State; Encounters Between Christianity and Islam
Queens College: The Hellenistic Mediterranean and the Roman Republic
St. John’s University: Emergence of a Global Society
Hunter College: World Civilizations, 1500–present
City College of New York: World Civilizations, 1500–present
Borough of Manhattan Community College: Western Civ.; Early American History


Dictator: The Evolution of the Roman Dictatorship. Michigan (2021).

New York Military Affairs Symposium: “The Roman Navy: Its Development from Oxymoron to Mare Nostrum” (Sept. 2008); “Brutal Justice: Decimation and the Roman Legion” (Sept. 2007)

De Roma: Excerpts from Ancient Writers About Rome (2013)
Readings from Hellas: Sources for the Exploration of Ancient Greece (2013)

2010–present: Presentation Overnight Supervisor, Lazard Frères, New York, NY
2003–2010:Graphics Specialist, Lazard Frères, New York, NY
1994–2003:Graphics Specialist, First Manhattan Consulting Group, New York, NY
1990–1994:Art Director, That New Magazine: TheaterWeek, NY Native, 3 others
1989–1990:Art Director, Fountain Technologies, Somerset, NJ