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MemberMatt Chalmers

I am currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Washington and Lee University. I specialize in questions of identity, representation of difference, and contesting shared pasts, between Jews, Christians, and Samaritans in antiquity. My research work uses late ancient identity and self-fashioning as a laboratory space for the critical approaches of the scholar of religion, as well as exploring the resonance of ancient self-fashioning in scholarship and intellectual history after antiquity.

MemberCarl R. Rice

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the combined doctoral program in Ancient History at Yale University. I explore the interactions between the Roman government and marginalized religious groups during the period known as Late Antiquity (c. 150-700 CE).  My chief interest lies in how and why those relationships changed as the Roman empire became increasingly Christianized throughout that period.  I seek to better understand where, when, and why the Roman government (whether Christian or non-Christian) used violence to police and enforce religious norms and identities. I also examine other means (such as law, ritual, and architecture) the government employed to reinforce these normative religious identities.  I am also interested in gender and sexuality studies in the Roman world. Please feel free to contact me at carl.rice@yale.edu with any questions.

MemberPatrick McCullough

I currently serve as an Upper School History Teacher at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles (US History; The World and Europe). In the classroom, I guide students as they further embrace their own analytical voices on difficult topics with confidence and clarity. I have broad teaching expertise that spans history, religion, and literature from the ancient world to the present. In my classes, I help students make creative connections between the ancient and modern; between dense theoretical materials and popular culture. In their evaluations, my students often note how much they appreciate an instructor who pushes the boundaries of their analytical abilities but also meets them where they are. I earned a Ph.D. in History of Religion, Early Christianity, at UCLA, where I also served as a regular Teaching Fellow. In my academic work, I examine representations of ideologies and identities in ancient Jewish and Christian texts and their modern interpreters. My work problematizes the modern categories we deploy in our discussions of antiquity and religion. My dissertation, “Apocalypse and Difference: Rereading Cultural Boundaries in Early Christian Texts,” explores how apocalyptic discourse in early Christian texts maintains group boundaries as their Christ-confessing authors simultaneously participate in the discursive practices of their ancient Mediterranean society and culture.