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Welcome

Writing

My new book, Thorns in the Flesh: Illness and Sanctity in Late Ancient Christianity, is now out from University of Pennsylvania Press.   More…

Current projects

I am at work on a book of Shenoute’s Discourses in translation with David Brakke, the critical edition of Shenoute, Discourses X, and research on the history of emotions in early Christianity.   More…

News

I will present papers at the “How Bodies Matter” Symposium at Harvard Divinity School, March 14-16, and Indiana University’s Medieval Studies Symposium, April 5-6.  More…

Teaching

This Fall I will teach History of Christianity and Heresy and Diversity in Early Christianity. More…

I teach in the Department of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, where I am the William E. and Miriam S. Blake Chair in the History of Christianity and Associate Professor. From 2002 to 2008 I taught History of Christianity in the Department of Religion at the University of Hawai’i, where I was Assistant and then Associate Professor (and Acting Chair for a semester). Prior to that I taught the Coptic and Syriac languages in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Yale, where I received my PhD in 2002.

Here at VCU I teach courses in the History of Christianity with a special focus on Christianity in the later Roman Empire, as well as the history of healing in antiquity. For more about the History Department at VCU, please see our Department’s website. For more information on the special strengths of VCU in the History of Christianity, there is more information under Teaching.

My research has focused on the History of Christianity in late antiquity, especially on the history of asceticism and monasticism. I have written extensively on the healing traditions of early Egyptian monasticism, and have published a number of literary and documentary papyri. In my current projects page I detail more of my ongoing research, including the Critical Edition of the Works of Shenoute of Atripe and other Christian literary papyri, as well as my other projects.

For fuller biographical details and more information about my teaching and research interests I encourage you to visit my other pages above.