George E. Demacopoulos

George E. Demacopoulos is Father John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies. He is also the Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

Professor of Theology
Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies

Co-Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Center

General Information

Department of Theology
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458

Email: demacopoulos@fordham.edu
Twitter: @GDemacopoulos

Biography

George E. Demacopoulos is Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies.  He is also the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

A native of Tennessee, Dr. Demacopoulos came to Fordham in 2002 after earning his PhD in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A specialist in the history of Christianity, Dr. Demacopoulos has served on the executive board for the Center for Medieval Studies and was, for many years, a regular teacher in the Rose Hill Honors Program.

Since founding the Orthodox Christian Studies Center with Aristotle Papanikolaou in 2012, he has dedicated his administrative time to building the Center’s endowment and starting a host of globally-recognized initiatives such as the National Endowment for the Humanities Matching Challenge Grant, which funds two annual research fellowships in Orthodox Studies at Fordham.  Beginning in 2017, he will co-launch a new international and interdisciplinary journal in Orthodox Christian Studies.

Education

PhD - Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA - Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MTS - Theology, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
BA – University of Tennessee

Research Interests

Dr. 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) Christian East/Christian West in the Middle Ages (2) the history of the papacy; and (3) the application of the resources of critical theory to the study of Orthodox Christianity.

His future research projects include 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.

Publications

Christianity, Democracy and the Shadow of Constantine, eds. George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (New York: Fordham University Press, 2017). Winner of 2017 Alpha Sigma Nu Award.

Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).

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).