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Christopher Sweeney

History of Christianity/Historical Theology


MFA, Brown University, 2012
BA, Pratt Institute, 2009


Christopher Sweeney is a PhD candidate in the department of Theology at Fordham University. He specializes in the history of Christianity, with a focus on late antique and medieval Christianity from a trans-regional perspective, including especially Middle Eastern Christianity, Byzantium, and Europe. In his current research he studies popular and lay religious devotion, and their relationship to 'official' theology. His dissertation, entitled, "Grief and the Cross: Popular Devotion and Passion Piety from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages" is a study of the development of devotion to the Crucifixion and lay contributions to this important form of Christian practice. He has recently published the article, "Holy Images and Holy Matter: Images in the Performance of. Miracles in the Age before Iconoclasm" in the Journal of Early Christian Studies. He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Brown University, and most recently at Fordham University. He is on a research fellowship for the academic year 2018-19.