Our Visiting Scholars, 2014-2015
Scott Johnson received his D.Phil. in Classics from the University of Oxford in 2005. He is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Byzantine Greek at Georgetown University and Dumbarton Oaks. He has been a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows (2004–07), a Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (2009–10), and a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress (2010–11). He has just finished a book on Greek and multilingualism in eastern Christianity (Ashgate, 2014), and his book entitled Literary Territories will appear from Oxford University Press in 2015. He is the author of The Life and Miracles of Thekla: A Literary Study (Center for Hellenic Studies & Harvard University Press, 2006) as well as of numerous articles, including ones in Dumbarton Oaks Papers 64 (2010) and the Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity (2012), of which he was editor. He also edited the volume Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: Dynamism, Didacticism, Classicism (Ashgate, 2006), and his translation of the fifth-century Miracles of Thekla appeared as part of a volume entitled Miracle Tales from Byzantium (with Alice-Mary Talbot) in the new Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Harvard University Press, 2012). He has most recently published a small study with text and translation of Jacob of Sarug's homily on the sinful woman (Gorgias Press, 2013), and an article on “Real and Imagined Geography” in the Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila, ed. Michael Maas (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Wendy E. Mayer
Wendy Mayer, formerly Deputy Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at the Australian Catholic University, is now a Research Fellow there. She has also been a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biblical and Ancient Studies at University of South Africa. Now resident in the Washington DC area, she is a regular visitor to our Center. She is currently co-editing with Professor Rousseau a volume of essays entitled Change in the Late Roman City: Identities, Buildings, and Beliefs, which explores the extent to which "city life" worked as an engine of change at a time when established orders were either threatened or challenged.
She received her doctorate from the University of Queensland. Author of the major 2005 monograph The Homilies of John Chrysostom: Provenance (with a second volume to come), co-author or editor of ten other books, author of more than 50 articles and book chapters, and recipient (sometimes jointly) of research grants totaling more than 1 million Australian dollars, she is now recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the life and writings of John Chrysostom. In addition to her John Chrysostom: The Deconstruction of a Saint (in progress), her most important forthcoming work is probably that devoted to John's correspondence, to appear in P. Allen and B. Neil (eds), Collecting Early Christian Letters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). Other recent publications include "Mania and Madness in the Works of John Chrysostom," in H. Perdicoyianni-Paleologou (ed.), The Concept of Madness from Homer to Byzantium (Amsterdam: Hakkert, forthcoming), and “Medicine in Transition: Christian Adaptation in the Later Fourth-Century East,” in G. Greatrex and H. Elton (eds), Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity (Farnham: Ashgate, forthcoming), reflecting her growing interest in the relation between Greek medical science and ethical theory. Religious conflict in both past and present is another emerging strand in her research, on which she has recently published two articles in the volume Religious Conflict from Early Christianity to the Rise of Islam (co-edited with Bronwen Neil, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013), and “Theorizing Religious Conflict: From Early Christianity to Late Antiquity and Beyond” (Journal of Early Christian History, forthcoming).
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