Board of directors

Professor Carol Harrison (co-chair)

She is Professor in the Faculty of Divinity, Oxford University

Her research has focused on Augustine of Hippo and she has published three studies of his thought: the first, Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine (1992) was on his theological aesthetics; the second, Augustine: Christian Truth and Fractured Humanity (2000) was an attempt to set his thought in context; the third Rethinking Augustine's Early Theology: An Argument for cContinuity (2006) was an argument for the importance of his early works and for a fundamental continuity in his thought, against the general scholarly trend (following Peter Brown) to begin to read him with the Confessions and to identify a dramatic revolution following his reading of Paul in the 390's. Her new project centers on listenig, and in particular, on the Father's attitude to music.

Dr Mark Edwards (co-chair and secretary)

Professor in Patristics and Tutor in Theology at the University of Oxford

Dr Edwards research focusses on Early Christianity, New Testament and Platonism. He is fellow Christ Church, Oxford and member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. His publications include the translations of Philoponus: Aristotle, Physics 3 (1994), Optatus Against the Donatists (1997) and works like Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture VIII: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians (1999), Neoplatonic Saints. The Lives of Plotinus and Proclus by their Pupils (2000), Origen against Plato (2002), John Through the Centuries (2003), Constantine and Christendom (2004), Culture and Philosophy in the Age of Plotinus (2006), Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church (2009).

Professor Markus Vinzent (editor)

Professor for History of Theology at King's College London

​He has worked on fourth and fifth century Patristics, especially the impact of Neoplatonism and, over the past years, developed an interest in the relation between the New Testament and Patristics. He also directs a project on Meister Eckhart. He has edited, translated and written commentaries on Asterius the Cappadocian (1993), Apolinarius of Laodicea (Pseudo-Athanasius, Against the Arians IV, 1995), Marcellus of Ancyra (1997), published on the history of the Apostles' Creed (1999, 2006), on Christ's Resurrection in Early Christianity (2011), and on Meister Eckhart (2011, 2012).

In 2010-2012 together with Professor Allen Brent, he directed the British Academy funded project on 'Early Christian Iconography and Epigraphy - beyond Doelger'. He is editor-in-chief of Studia Patristica and the Proceedings of the Conference.

Dr Morwenna Ludlow

She is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter 

Dr Ludlow works in the field of patristics – the history and theology of the early Christian church (100-500 ad ). She specialises in the study of the fourth-century Cappadocian theologian, Gregory of Nyssa. She is interested in the relation of early Christian thought to modern theology and her most recent research has focussed on the reception, use and abuse of patristic theology by modern writers. Another interest is the history of Christian eschatological ideas (the concepts of death, heaven, hell and purgatory). Amongst her publications are (with S. Douglass), Reading the Church Fathers (2011); The Early Church (2009); Gregory of Nyssa - Ancient and (Post-) Modern (2007); Universal Salvation: Eschatology in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa and Karl Rahner (2000).


Dr Hugh A.G. Houghton

He is Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship and Deputy Director, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. Hugh works on the text of the New Testament in Latin and Greek, using and developing electronic tools to create digital editions of individual manuscripts and biblical books which will provide the basis for future generations of scholarship. On the committee of the International Greek New Testament project for over a decade, in 2016 he was appointed Executive Editor for the Pauline Epistles. He is one of the convenors of the Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, serves as executive editor of the Texts and Studies book series and on various editorial boards including the journal New Testament Studies and the Corpus Christianorum series latina (Brepols).

Professor Gillian Clark FBA

Professor Emerita of Ancient History, Senior Research Fellow University of Bristol

Professor Clark’s research field is the relationship of inherited classical culture and late antique Christianity. She works especially on Augustine and on the late Platonists Porphyry and Iamblichus, and also has an interest in women’s history and the history of gender. She directs an international collaborative and interdisciplinary project, funded for its first five years by the AHRC, for a commentary on Augustine City of God (De Civitate Dei) to be published in print and electronic versions. Professor Clark is co-editor, with Professor Andrew Louth (Durham), of the monograph series Oxford Early Christian Studies and Oxford Early Christian Texts (OUP). She is also a co-editor of Translated Texts for Historians 300-800 (Liverpool UP), was on the editorial board of the Journal of Roman Studies and sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

Professor Josef Lössl

He is Professor of Historical Theology and Intellectual History in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Cardiff University

Specialized in Greek and Latin Patristics, his interests include the second century (in particular Tatian the Syrian), the origin of commentarial literature, the origin and history of the chronicle, Augustine, Jerome and their contemporaries, and the reception of Late Antiquity in the medieval and modern periods. His Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity (2011), a translation of Augustine's On True Religion, a volume on Jerome of Stridon (with Andrew Cain), and The Early Church: History and Memory, are among his recent publications. He is co-investigator in the Latin and Syriac Commentary project. Among his current projects are a commentary on Tatian's Ad Graecos and a monograph on the early Christian exegesis of Romans.

Dr Neil McLynn

He is Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, and University Lecturer in Later Roman History, in the Faculty of Classics, Oxford University

Dr McLynn studied classics and did his doctorate at Oxford, before moving to Japan in 1990. Until 2007 he taught in the Faculty of Law at Keio University, where he gave courses on a variety of subjects ranging from Shakespeare to International Relations. The experience has left him with a weakness for Japanese history in particular and for other people's subjects in general. He is much involved in the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity. Amongst his well-known publications are Christian Politics and Religious Culture in Late Antiquity (2009); Ambrose of Milan: Church and Court in a Christian Capital (1994).

Dr Ioannis Papadogiannakis

He is Lecturer in Patristics and member of the Centre for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

​Dr Papadogiannakis studied at the Universities of Thessaloniki, Münster, and Princeton where he earned his PhD. His research interests include the Christianization of the Roman Empire, Patristics, Byzantine Christianity, apologetics, church history, late antique philosophical culture, organization of knowledge in late antiquity and Byzantium. He recently published Christianity and Hellenism in the Fifth-Century Roman Empire: The Apologetics of Theodoret of Cyrrhus Against the Greeks in Context (2012). In 2010 he was awarded a prestigious five-year grant from the European Research Council (€1.5M) for the project ‘Defining Belief and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Role of Interreligious Debate and Interaction.’

Dr Phil Booth

He is the A. G. Leventis Lecturer in Eastern Christianity in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford Univeristy.

His research interests are: ​Late antiquity and Byzantium. The late Roman, late Sasanian and early Islamic history of the sixth- and seventh-century east. Middle-Byzantine Christianity. Historiographic, hagiographic and theological texts in several traditions (esp. Greek, Coptic, Ethiopic and Arabic

Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

She is Lecturer in Patristics and Fellow and College Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies, Peterhouse, Cambridge University.

She read History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford (1995-8), before coming to Cambridge for an MPhil in Political Thought (1999), and a PhD in Late Antique History (2004). From 2006-16 she taught Roman History in the Classics Department at King’s College London as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, before returning to Cambridge and Peterhouse in 2016. Her research centres on the life and thought of the church in a 'long' late antiquity (from the second to sixth centuries CE) in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and further afield, especially in the Syriac-speaking world. Her PhD was on the political theology of Ambrosiaster, an anonymous Christian writer of the later fourth century. Her current major project is on late ancient ideas of the devil and demons, concentrating on notions of diabolical agency. She also has long-standing interests in patristic biblical exegesis, political thought, the history of liturgy, inter-religious relations in late antiquity, and magical texts and objects.

Professor Lewis Ayres

He is Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University.

Prior to Durham he taught in Ireland and at Emory University. The core of his research has been Trinitarian theology in Augustine and in the Greek writers of the fourth century. On this theme he has published on Nicaea and Its Legacy, on Augustine and the Trinity.

His current research concerns the development of early Christian cultures of interpretation between 100 and 250. He is also interested in modern Catholic fundamental and dogmatic theology and in the modern reception of Patristic Trinitarian theology and in the modern use of post-idealist themes in the supposed "revivals" of Trinitarian theology and in the place of Scripture (and Tradition) in modern Catholic theology and the fundamental structure of Catholic theology. 

Professor Theo de Bruyn

Theodore de Bruyn’s research has focused on various aspects of ancient Christianity. He has translated two important early Latin commentaries on Paul’s Letter to the Romans into English—first, by Pelagius (Oxford, 1993; rprt. 2002) and, more recently, by Ambrosiaster (SBL, 2017). He has published numerous articles on interactions between institutional forms of Christianity and the production of amulets in late antique Egyp, and has just completed a book on the subject—Making Amulets Christian: Artefacts, Scribes, and Contexts (Oxford, 2017). He is currently investigating representations of the afterlife as a site of religious competition and conflict.