MemberSean Martin

Currently (2018) undertaking PhD by practice in filmmaking at Edinburgh Napier University, making an experimental documentary about Scottish metaphysical writer David Lindsay (1876-1945), author of A Voyage to Arcturus, The Haunted Woman, and others. I am also the author of a number of popular history titles, including The Knights Templar: The History & Myths of the Legendary Military Order; The Cathars: The Rise & Fall of the Great Heresy and The Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics.

MemberCharles Schmidt

I am a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament and Early Christian Studies in the Department of Religion at Rice University, working under April DeConick, along with Niki ClementsMatthias Henze, and Scott McGill. I arrived at Rice after taking an M.A. in New Testament and Christian Origins at Duke University under Mark Goodacre. I currently serve on the Graduate Advisory Board for Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence. I also work as lead copy editor for Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies and have recently joined the faculty at The Women’s Institute of Houston. My research focuses on ancient Mediterranean religion in the Greco-Roman period, with particular interests in freelance religious experts and their use of medical theories and the Romanization of Christianity.

MemberChance Bonar

…Society of Biblical Literature (SBL): Student Member

The North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL): Member

Nag Hammadi & Gnosticism Network: Member

Westar Institute: Associate


I am a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion (New Testament and Early Christianity subfield) at Harvard University. My current course and research interests include the historiographical invention and development of the “Apostolic Fathers,” discourses of heresy and orthodoxy in antiquity, Greek and Coptic papyrology, ancient constructions of ethnic and religious difference, and translation of late ancient and Byzantine apocryphal texts. I am in the early stages of my dissertation, focusing on the Shepherd of Hermas.

MemberHugo Lundhaug

…nzent; Studia Patristica 64. Leuven: Peeters, 2013.

– “Evidence of ‘Valentinian’ Ritual Practice? The Liturgical Fragments of Nag Hammadi Codex XI (NHC XI,2a–e).” Pages 225–43 in Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World: Essays in Honour of John D. Turner. Edited by Kevin Corrigan and Tuomas Rasimus. NHMS 82; Leiden: Brill, 2013.

– “Shenoute of Atripe and Na…

– Professor of Biblical Reception and Early Christian Literature. – Scientific Director of the Interdisciplinary Research School Authoritative Texts and Their Reception (ATTR) [2017-2020] – Principal Investigator of ERC-project Storyworlds in Transition: Coptic Apocrypha in Changing Contexts in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods (APOCRYPHA) [2020-2025] – Principal Investigator of ERC-project New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt (NEWCONT) [2012-2016]

MemberClare Stainthorp

My forthcoming book – Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher and Poet – won the 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Nineteenth-Century Studies and is due to be published in summer 2019; it builds upon my PhD thesis on Naden as an exemplary Victorian interdisciplinary thinker. My work on Naden appears in Victorian Poetry (2018), Journal of Victorian Culture (with Sarah Parker, 2018), and Literature Compass (2017). I have also published on gender, class, and disability in the case of the artificial hand in Victorian Literature and Culture (2017).   My current research focuses on nineteenth-century freethought periodicals. I was awarded a 2017 Curran Fellowship by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals to undertake a project titled ‘Reviewing The Secular Review (1876-1907)’ and I am developing a postdoctoral project provisionally called ‘Reading the Freethought Movement in Britain: Atheism, Agnosticism, and Secularism, 1866–1907’. I am co-editor on the Routledge Historical Resource Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature, Vol. 4 Doubt, Disbelief and New Beliefs.   I was the 2017/18 C19 Matters Early-Career Fellowship at Cardiff University (run jointly by BAVS and BARS) and I am currently Research Impact Officer for UCL’s Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.   I have been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where I taught on a variety of modules within the BA and MA programmes, and more recently taught on the BA Comparative Literature degree at UCL. Until May 2019, I also worked in a professional services role within UCL’s English Department. Blog:

MemberMichael E. Pregill

…ditor’s Introduction: Eastern Perspectives on Late Antiquity”
Mizan: Journal for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations 3.1 (Fall 2018)

Review Essay: “Positivism, Skepticism, and Agnosticism in the Study of Late Antiquity and the Qur’an”
Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association 2 (2018): 169–199

“‘A Calf, A Body That Lows’: The Golden Calf fr…

Michael E. Pregill is a scholar of comparative religion, focusing on the scriptural cultures of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Much of his research focuses on the reception of biblical, Jewish, and Christian traditions in the Qur’an and Islam. He lives and teaches in Los Angeles, California.

MemberJanelle Peters

Dr. Peters holds degrees from the University of California, the University of Chicago, and Emory University. Her undergraduate thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls was awarded High Honors. She was one of two recipients in Religious Studies of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for graduate studies (2004-2008). Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals such as Biblica, JECH/APB, JSP, and Neotestamentica. She has presented at classics and religious studies conferences at universities such as Princeton and Tufts. Dr. Peters has contributed to national magazines such as America. She has taught at Dominican University, the University of St. Francis, Lake Superior State University, and Emory University. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has done environmental work with faith-based organizations (Floresta and La Jolla Presbyterian) in Oaxaca, edited the college newsletter of Revelle College at UCSD (Revellations), fed the homeless with Christian campus organizations at UCSD, served on the Education and Faith Committee of the Catholic Community at UCSD, translated business documents between French and English (San Diego, CA), tutored English and civics for Boat People SOS (Atlanta, GA), coordinated veterans and emergency preparedness programs for AmeriCorps and the American Red Cross (Chicago, IL), taught physical education at a charter school (Los Angeles, CA), worked on a political campaign (Los Angeles, CA), and coordinated research for University of California science research station.