Associate Professor, Classical Studies/History/Middle East Studies
My work is focused on the history of Christianity in time period known as “late antiquity,” roughly 300 C.E. to 700 C.E., and I am particularly interested in the rhetorical and historiographical methods Christians adopted as Christian culture shifted from being in the minority to being dominant in the later Roman Empire. My current project examines the subjective experience of death as imagined by late ancient Christians.
I teach introductory undergraduate courses on Christianity, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on Christianity in late antiquity, Gnosticism, asceticism, and theories of historiography. I also teach language courses for undergraduates and graduates in Greek, Coptic, and Syriac.
“Simeon and Other Women in Theodoret’s Religious History: Gender in the Representation of Late Ancient Christian Asceticism.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 23.4 (2015).
“The Legend of Arius’s Death: Imagination, Space, and Filth in Late Ancient Historiography.” Past & Present: A Journal of Historical Studies 277 (2015).
Angels in Late Ancient Christianity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
“Salvage: Macrina and the Christian Project of Cultural Reclamation.” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 81 (2012).
- Middle East Studies, History
Field(s) of Study
- Christianity in Late Antiquity