Jonathan P. Stanfill

Ph.D. in Theology (History of Christianity)

Visiting Research Fellow, Orthodox Christian Studies Center

Fordham University




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 Catholic University)

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

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.

Areas of Teaching

Early Christian Studies: Ancient Mediterranean World; New Testament and Christian Origins; Early Christian Literature (100-600 CE); Patristic Exegesis; Early Christian Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care; Asceticism and Monasticism

Medieval Studies: Byzantine Theology and History; Latin Christendom through the Reformation; Medieval Historiography (emphases: social, intellectual, economic, environmental history)

Manuscript Studies: Latin and Greek Palaeography; Manuscript Culture (from the third through fifteenth centuries); Editing Theory and Method; Digital Editions

Theology/Religious Studies: Introductory Theology; Sacred Texts and Hermeneutics; World Religions; Theory and Method in Religious Studies

Teaching Experience

Fordham University

Designed syllabus and taught:
* Theo 1000: Faith and Critical Reason (7 sections)
* Theo 3200: Introduction to the New Testament (1 section)
* Theo 3316: Byzantine Christianity (1 section)


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

“John Chrysostom” [450 words] and “Antioch” [750 words] in Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric Orlin, Lizbeth Fried, Michael Satlow, and Jennifer Knust (forthcoming).

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

“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
* Junior Residential Fellow at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul (2013-2014).
* Full Scholarship for Medieval Greek Summer Session (2011). Awarded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.
* 2nd Prize Tousimis Award for Graduate Student Paper at the Byzantine Studies Conference (2010).

Fordham University
* 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

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: 5.2015