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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

Twitter: @GDemacopoulos


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

A native of Tennessee, Dr. Demacopoulos came to Fordham in 2002 after receiving his PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Along with Aristotle Papanikolaou, Dr. Demacopoulos co-founded Fordham's Orthodox Christian Studies Center, which is the only research-university Center of Orthodox Christianity in the United States.  The Center facilitates, funds, and publishes scholarly work related to the Orthodox Christianity broadly understood.  On behalf of the Center, Drs. Demacopoulos and Papanikolaou have won a number of prestigious grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, the British Council, and Leadership 100.


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.


Colonizing Christianity:  Greek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade (Fordham University Press, 2019).

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).