Associate Professor of Theology
History of Christianity
B.A., Yale University, 1982
M.A., Duke University, 1988
Ph.D., Duke University, 1991
Research and Teaching Interests
Blake Leyerle's scholarly specialization lies in the social and cultural history of early Christianity. She has published on a wide range of social historical topics in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Religion and various edited volumes.
Her book, Theatrical Shows and Ascetic Lives: John Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage, was published by the University of California Press in 2001. She has served as co-chair of the History of Christianity Section of the American Academy of Religion and as co-chair of the Archaeology and Texts from Late Antiquity Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Society of Church Historians. Currently, she is serving as a Member-at Large of the Board of Directors of the North American Patristics Society, and as a Board Member of the Patristic Monograph Series.
Blake Leyerle has won a Henry Luce III fellowship in Theology, a Kaneb Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and two multi-year collaborative grants. She is currently working on a book-length study of pilgrimage, tentatively entitled, Traveling Space: Theorizing Early Christian Pilgrimage, as well as a co-authored book (with W. Martin Bloomer of the Classics Department) on children in the classical and early Christian world.
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