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Matthew Chalmers

Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Matthew Chalmers is a scholar and theorist of religion, working with texts and traditions of the late antique eastern Mediterranean (225-750CE) in Greek, Coptic, Aramaic, and Hebrew. His research asks what motivates people to compare themselves to others, to identify with them, or to set themselves apart – and how to reshape our own understanding of interreligious contact by rewriting the history of ancient religion. In his current book project, The Samaritan Other: Representation, History, and Lost Late Antique Difference, he spotlights the continuous participation of Samaritans – a third Israel – in the historical and cultural processes that defined imperial Christianity and rabbinic Judaism.

As Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, Dr. Chalmers teaches courses on the New Testament, the diverse worlds of ancient Christianity communities, human and non-human materiality, and the history of the book. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and holds both an M.Phil. and BA from the University of Oxford. For an up-to-date CV and publications list, see here [link:].


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