MemberNicholas Wagner

Nick is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received a BA in Classics and Classical Humanities. His research interests include Greek and Roman historiography, Greek and Roman intellectual history, Roman political oratory, and Roman religion. He is writing his dissertation on the development of religious rhetoric in a number of Cicero’s from throughout his career. In particular, he is interested in tracking the rhetorical effects of Cicero’s religious language, such as the ways in which Cicero can use religion to denigrate his opponents or extol his allies, and how those rhetorical effect fit within the larger context of Roman identity in the late Republic.

MemberCsaba Szabó


Csaba Szabó – Imola Boda, Bibliography of Roman Religion in Dacia (BRRD). Cluj -Napoca, 2014.
Csaba Szabó, Béla Cserni and the beginnings of urban archaeology in Alba Iulia. Cluj –Napoca, 2016.
Csaba T. Szabó, Erdélyi Régészet. Kisirások régészetről és műemlékvédelemről [Transylvanian archaeology. Short writings on archaeology and cultural heritage]. Cluj Napoca, 2017



Csaba Szabó, Sanctuaries in Roman Dacia: materiality and religious experience. Archaeopress, Forthcom…

Historian, archaeologist. My research is focusing on:

  • – Roman religion in the Danubian provinces, especially the case study of Dacia
  • cult of Mithras in Dacia and the Danubian provinces
  • history of archaeological thought in Romania and Central-East Europe
  • heritage of Béla Cserni and András Bodor
  • public archaeology in Romania

MemberZachary B. Smith

I study religion in late antiquity, with a current focus on Christianity in its ascetic expressions. Secondarily, I work on “asceticism” writ large across traditions and on ways to define “asceticism.” I teach as a religious historian in the Department of Theology at Creighton University, and am also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Religion & Society published by the Rabbi Kripke Center for Religion and Society.

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.

MemberAnnelies Cazemier

I am an ancient historian with a particular interest in the Greek world, Hellenistic history, and religion, as well as Greek history during the Roman period. Teaching in a History department at Southampton, I am also increasingly fascinated by the reception of the Greek world in later periods of history. My forthcoming book on Greek Sanctuaries and the Rise of Rome explores the spread of Roman power as seen from religious sites in Greece, the Aegean, and Asia Minor (from the third until the early first century BCE). It brings out the key role of cults and sanctuaries in early exchanges between Greeks, Romans, and Hellenistic rulers – in war, diplomacy, and trade. As part of my work for the Copenhagen Associations Project, I undertook research on ancient Greek associations, carrying out surveys and detailed studies of epigraphic evidence (esp. from the Aegean), and analysing religious aspects, foreign involvement, and relations with Rome. My ongoing research interests include the local histories and wider connections of islands in the Aegean from the fifth century BCE, through the Hellenistic age, into the Roman Imperial period; Greek sanctuaries and their networks; and travel and mobility in the ancient world.

MemberTravis Proctor

I am an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Humanities at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. I teach courses in Christian Origins, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.

MemberSteven Foster

My research intends to trace the different ways the participants of the English Reformation tried to interpret the meaning of Romans 13:1-7 and how these interpretations made sense of the present during a period of seismic change.  The Pauline proof text ‘Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God’ (Rom.13:1), has been a neglected crux in the evolution of political theology and was central in the early modern debates which concerned politico-religious allegiance.