I am a PhD student in Religion (New Testament and Early Christianity) at Harvard University. I graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master’s degree in Bible and St. Olaf College with a bachelor’s degree in Religion, Classics, and Ancient Studies. My current course and research interests include constructions of authorship and attribution in antiquity, the Nag Hammadi codices, discourses of “fake/forgery,” the rhetoric of “heresy/orthodoxy,” textual criticism, contemporary uses of the “historical Jesus,” and issues surrounding cultural heritage in antiquities markets.
My research interests include the discourse of exile, the making of orthodoxy and heresy, and gendered violence in late antiquity.
I am currently Lecturer in Mediterranean History at the University of Liverpool. I am a cultural historian of late antiquity and the early middle ages. My research and teaching focus on the later Roman Empire and its early medieval successors, with a particular interest in issues of religious diversity, social identity, ethnic communities, and political culture. My first book, Being Christian in Vandal Africa (University of California Press, 2018) is about the consequences of church conflict in post-Roman Africa (modern-day Tunisia and Algeria). My current project considers how Christian ideology reshaped the representation and practice of governance in late antiquity. Before coming to Liverpool in January 2018, I was Hulme Humanities Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2014-2018), and a temporary Lecturer in Early Medieval History attached to various Oxford colleges (2016/17).
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.
Former International Director of Faith2Share (www.faith2share.net) and Assistant General Secretary of Church Mission Society (www.churchmissionsociety.org) Research Interests : Whole-life Discipleship / Orthodox Mission / Early Muslim origins and Muslim-Christian relations.
Donna Arnold is the long-time music research librarian at the University of North Texas Music Library, where she serves a diversity of university, local, national, and international patrons. Her work is informed by her own music research interests, which range from Schubert, 17th-century lute music, and Russian Orthodox choral music to American roots music and early jazz.
Specializing in late medieval/early modern literature, I also have interdisciplinary expertise in affect theory (after AL Tsing’s, Karen Barad’s, and Donna Haraway ’s updates to Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Brian Massumi), and diverse speculative fiction. The affect theory strand of my research has developed into a body of work interfacing nomadic, processual thought with contemporary speculative fiction broadly encompassing gothic, science fiction, dystopic, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic texts. The Wycliffite/Lollard strand of my research focuses on the vernacular texts associated with the Wycliffite/Lollard heresy (c.1380-1530). The Wycliffite Repository, an online select concordance generated from an assemblage of 432 Middle English texts, makes my work freely available for consultation.