Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

George Demacopoulos

Director and Co-Founder, Orthodox Christian Studies Center

Duane Library 109
(718) 817-3252


Ph.D. - Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. - Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.T.S. - Theology, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Research Interests

Dr. George Demacopoulos specializes in the History of Christianity for Late Antiquity, the Early Medieval West, and Byzantium.

Over the past few years, Dr. Demacopoulos’ research has been focused in three distinct realms: (1) the intersection, cross-fertilization, and conflict between Eastern and Western Christians; (2) the expressions of authority within various Christian communities, particularly those related to monasticism and the papacy; and (3) the attempt to apply the resources of critical theory to the analysis of the Eastern Christian experience.

His future research projects include a biography of Pope Gregory I, a study of war and violence in the Greek patristic tradition, and a reappraisal of the Eastern Christian experience (from the Crusades to the present) through postcolonial analysis.

Along with Aristotle Papanikolaou, Dr. Demacopoulos serves as Co-Founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, the only Center of its kind at a North American university. Some of the Center’s initiatives include an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor, the Patterson Triennial Conference (which is dedicated to Orthodox/Catholic relations), the annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture, and a new series with Fordham University Press, Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought. 

Recent Publications

The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).

Orthodox Constructions of the West, ed. by Demacopoulos and Papanikolaou (Fordham University Press, 2013).

Orthodox Readings of Augustine, ed. by Demacopoulos and Papanikolaou (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2008).

Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007).

Gregory the Great: Book of Pastoral Rule, trans. by Demacopoulos (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007).



THEO 3316-R02: Byzantine Christianity, TF 1:00-2:15
THEO 3836-R01: Cappadocian Theology, TF 2:30-3:45

FALL 2013

THEO-3316-R01: Byzantine Christianity, MR 02:30 - 03:45

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