Zachary B. Smith
M.T.S. - Emory University
B.A. - Freed-Hardeman University
Zachary Smith received his M.T.S., focusing in Christian History, from Emory University, where he wrote his thesis under Dr. Richard Valantasis. He is currently working under Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., on reading the Apophthegmata Patrum as a monastic corrective of attempted ecclesiastic control over monks in the sixth century (with Dr. Larry L. Welborn and Dr. George E. Demacopoulos as dissertation readers). Zachary's other research interests involve ancient contemplative practices, the development of Christian asceticism and self-care in Egypt, and monastic-ecclesiastic power dynamics in early Christianity.
From May 2009 through May 2011, Zachary served as the president of the Graduate Student Association for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theology and is the instructor for THEO 1000-R04 Faith and Critical Reason Eloquentia Perfecta
(Fall 2012) and THEO 3310-C01 Early Christian Writings (Spring 2013).