MemberSonja Anderson

I’m an Assistant Professor of Religion at Carleton College, where I teach courses in late antiquity and modern Catholicism. My current project, “Idol Talk: The Discourse of False Worship in the Early Christian World,” explores how ancient Christians and Jews used idolatry polemic to claim a distinctive identity for themselves over against their pagan peers and how scholarly narratives have replicated this claim to uniqueness. Right now, I’m intrigued by the nexus of sincerity, materiality, and ritual in early Christian eucharistic and penitential practice, and by modern evangelical interest in patristic literature. Some of my courses:  “Patristic Greek,” “Angels, Demons, and Evil,” “Illness, Medicine, and Magic,” “Making Meaning of the Hebrew Bible,” “Martyrdom, Suffering, and the Body,” “Jesus, Paul, and Christian Origins,” and “Gender and Power in the Catholic Church.”

MemberMichael G. Azar

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Theology/Religious Studies at the University of Scranton. My current research focuses on ancient and modern Eastern Christian-Jewish relations, especially in the Holy Land. My other scholarly pursuits include the New Testament, especially the Gospel according to John, Paul’s Letters, and the Book of Revelation, the theology and literature of early Christianity, Orthodox Christian history and theology, Christianity in Arabic-speaking lands, and the effects that contemporary sociopolitical policies have on scholarly understandings of the ancient world.

MemberCharles Meeks

I have a PhD in Theology from Wycliffe College/University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. My main academic interests are at the intersection of patristic exegesis and theology, sacramentology, and modern systematic theology. My revised dissertation is published by Lexington Books/Fortress Academic; in it, I work on recovering the significance of the sacraments for the way Protestants “do” theology, arguing for an interdependence of the sacraments, Scripture, Christology, and ecclesiology.

MemberAdam Rasmussen

Dr. Rasmussen is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He teaches “Introduction to Biblical Literature” and “Women in Christianity,” a course of his own design that explores the significance and accomplishments of women from Eve to Thérèse of Lisieux. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Division of Brescia University’s online program, where he teaches theology, biblical studies, and church history courses. He has a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies from The Catholic University of America, specializing in historical theology and early Christianity. His research focuses on Basil of Caesarea, Origen, and the interface between theology and science in their writings. His first book, Genesis and Cosmos, was recently published in Brill’s Bible in Ancient Christianity series. His current research focuses on Basil and the human body, physiology, and medicine. He has also begun a fresh translation of Basil’s Hexaemeron. He sometimes blogs (and Tweets) about issues in the Catholic church, particularly Pope Francis and his discontents at Where Peter Is.

MemberMichail Kitsos

I am a scholar of the history of Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity. I am interested in Jewish-Christian contacts and representations of the “other” in Christian and rabbinic multivocal literature composed in Ecclesiastical Greek, Ecclesiastical Latin, Syriac, and Aramaic (Palestinian and Babylonian) that originate from inside and outside the Eastern Roman Empire. In my research, examine the construction of “self” and “other” in light of polemical rhetoric. For more information on my research focus, current and future work see my personal website (

MemberChance Bonar

I am a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion (New Testament and Early Christianity subfield) at Harvard University, with a secondary concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. I am currently working on a dissertation on the Shepherd of Hermas, a popular second-century Christian text containing visions, commandments, and parables given to Hermas. I demonstrate that the Shepherd depicts believers as enslaved to God, and argue that such a depiction is part of a broader Mediterranean conception of enslavement to deities. My goal is to demonstrate that early Christians are part of a network of ancient religious practitioners that understand their relationship to deities through the institution of enslavement, and that early Christianity is deeply embedded in the institution of enslavement. My research interests Greek and Coptic papyrology, enslavement in antiquity, religious and ethnic difference in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, and the translation of late ancient and Byzantine apocryphal texts.

MemberMatt Chalmers

From September 1, 2020, I am Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at Northwestern University. I specialize in questions of identity, difference, representation, and pasts shared between Jews, Christians, and Samaritans. My research and teaching uses late ancient self-fashioning as a laboratory space for the critical approaches of the scholar of religion, as well as exploring the resonance of ancient identity in scholarship and intellectual history between the past and the present.