Jonathan P. Stanfill

Visiting Instructor of Theology

University of Portland


Fordham University

2015 | Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (History of Christianity)

Dissertation: Embracing the Barbarian: John Chrysostom's Pastoral Care of the Goths

Director: George E. Demacopoulos
Readers: Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.; Wendy Mayer (Australian Lutheran College)

Doctoral Certificate in Medieval Studies
Concentrations: Medieval History; Manuscript Studies

Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies

2011 | Medieval Greek Summer Session

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

2007 | Master of Arts in Church History, cum laude

Northwest University

2003 | Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries, magna cum laude


2016-present | Adjunct Assistant Professor. Department of Theology. University of Portland.

2015-2016 | Editorial Assistant. Journal of Early Christian Studies.

2014-2015 | Senior Teaching Fellow. Center for Medieval Studies. Fordham University.

2013-2014 | Junior Residential Fellow. Research for Anatolian Civilizations. Koç University.

2010-2013 | Teaching Fellow. Department of Theology. Fordham University.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the history of Christianity in late antiquity (250–750 CE), the life and works of John Chrysostom, the Christianization of the Roman Empire and its barbarian neighbors (especially the Goths), the impact of climatic change on the Goths in the fourth century, the phenomenon of religious conflict and violence in late antiquity, and ethnicity and race in pre-modern societies.

Teaching Experience

University of Portland

  • Introduction to Theology
  • The Bible, Past and Present

Fordham University

  • Faith and Critical Reason
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Byzantine Christianity


“The Body of Christ’s Barbarian Limb: John Chrysostom’s Processions and the Embodied Performance of Nicene Christianity,” invited chapter in (Re)Visioning John Chrysostom: New Theories and Approaches, edited by Chris L. de Wet and Wendy Mayer. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

with Adam W. Schneider, "Gothia Submerged: The Impacts of Severe Flooding on Valens’s First Gothic War,” Journal of Late Antiquity 10.2 (2017).

“John Chrysostom” [450 words] and “Antioch” [750 words] in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric Orlin, Lizbeth Fried, Michael Satlow and Jennifer Knust. New York: Routledge, 2015.

"John Chrysostom’s Gothic Parish and the Politics of Space.” Studia Patristica 67 (2013), 345–49. [pdf]

Review of Peter J. Leithart, Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom, Horizons 39 (2012), 140-41. [pdf]

"Experiencing Byzantium with the Jesuits." Enarratio (Spring 2013), 6, 9. [pdf]

Scholarly Presentations

“Precipitating Collapse: Climatic Change and the Migration of the Goths,” presented at the NEH Summer Institute on Migration and Empire, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, July 2017.

“John Chrysostom’s Processions and the Performative Assembly of Nicene Christianity,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2017.

with Adam Schneider, “A ‘Flood of Troubles’: Evidence For and Historical Implications of Environmental Influences Upon the Outcome of Valens’s First Gothic War (367-369 C.E.) on the Lower Danube,” presented at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Fellows Rendezvous Seminar, University of Colorado Boulder, April 2016.

“Cast Out, But Carrying On: John Chrysostom’s Oversight of the Phoenician Mission from Exile,” presented at the Migration and Mission in Christian History: Joint Conference of the American Society of Church History and the Ecclesiastical History Society, Oxford University, April 2014.

“John Chrysostom’s Gothic Mission in Crisis,” will be presented at the Conceptualizing Crisis in the Ancient World session of the RCAC Fellows' Mini-Symposia, Koç University, March 2014. [announcement]

“The Bishop and His Barbarians: A New Portrait of John Chrysostom and the Goths,” invited presentation at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, November 2013.

“Exegeting the ‘Other’: Biblical Barbarians in John Chrysostom’s Homilies,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2013

“Getting Academic Things Done: How to Utilize Innovative Digital Tools,” presented at the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group Workshop, April 2013.

“Converting the Countryside: The Antiochene See and Its Missionary Activity in the Late Fourth Century,” presented at the Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, March 2013

“Teaching Byzantine Christianity: What Can the Jesuit Pedagogical Tradition Offer?” invited presentation at the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Fourth Annual Jesuit Pedagogy Luncheon, Fordham University, November 2012

“Rethinking the Audience(s) of John Chrysostom’s Homily to the Goths,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2012

“John Chrysostom’s Gothic Parish and the Politics of Space,” presented at the International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford University, August 2011

“Baiting the Hook: John Chrysostom’s Defense of His Barbarian Mission,” presented at the Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Pennsylvania, October 2010

“According to the Fifth Gospel: Second Clement’s Reading of Isaiah,” presented at the Pacific Northwest Regional AAR/SBL Conference, George Fox University, May 2008

Awards and Fellowships

External Fellowships and Awards

Fordham University

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Orthodox Christian Studies Center (2015-2017).
  • Medieval Studies Senior Teaching Fellowship (2014-2015).
  • Orthodox Christian Studies Center Summer Fellowship (2014).
  • Graduate Fellow, Orthodox Christian Studies Center (inducted 2013).
  • HASTAC Digital Humanities Scholar (2012).
  • Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowship (2012).
  • Jesuit Pedagogy Seminar Selected Participant (2012).
  • Medieval Studies Research Support Grant (2011).
  • Presidential Scholarship with Assistantship (2008–Present).

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

  • Robert C. Cooley Scholar in Early Christianity (2008).

Professional Service

Koç University
Co-Organizer, “Conceptualizing Crisis in the Ancient World” session of the Annual RCAC Fellows’ Mini-Symposium at Koç University, March 2014.

North American Patristics Society
Organizer, “John Chrysostom and the ‘Other’” session at the Annual Meeting, May 2013

Fordham Theology Graduate Student Association
Teaching Development Director (2011-2012) and Colloquium Director (2009-2010)

Research Assistant at Fordham University
Dr. Franklin Harkins (Fall 2010–Spring 2011): Assisted with updating citations of Latin critical editions in Interpretation of Scripture: Theory. A Selection of Works of Hugh, Andrew, Godfrey and Richard of St Victor, and Robert of Melun (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012)

Dr. George Demacopoulos (Fall 2008–Spring 2009): Assisted with research on the Justinian Novellae for The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)


Ancient: reading knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Biblical Hebrew
Modern: reading knowledge of German & French; conversational knowledge of Turkish (A1)

Professional Societies

American Academy of Religion
American Society of Church History
Byzantine Studies Association of North America
Medieval Academy of America
North American Patristics Society


Available upon request.

Last updated: 3.2018