Zachary B. Smith

Associate Professor: History of Christianity

Zachary B. Smith, Ph.D., researches primarily in late antique, medieval, and Byzantine Christianity, focusing on asceticism and monasticism, and the relationship between Christianity and Greco-Roman society. His first book (Philosopher-Monks, Episcopal Authority, and the Care of the Self: The Apophthegmata Patrum in Fifth-Century Palestine) was released in 2018 by Brepols Publishers. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Society of Church History, and the North American Patristics Society. Dr. Smith is also a Faculty Associate of the Kripke Center and Associate Editor of the Journal of Religion & Society.

In addition to teaching in the Department of Theology, Dr. Smith also teaches in the Honors Program and the Women and Gender Studies Program.

Dr. Smith holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Biblical Studies, an M.T.S. in Christian History from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Theology (Christianity in Antiquity) from Fordham University.