Zachary B. Smith, PhD
Zachary B. Smith, PhD

Zachary B. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • HRS 390 Honors Special Topics: Martyrs, Maidens, and Monks
  • THL 110 Christian Tradition, Then and Now
  • THL 300 Jesus Christ Yesterday and Today
  • THL 390 Church History
  • THL 531 Studies in Early Christianity
  • THL 766 Contemplation in the Christian Tradition

Biography

Dr. Zachary B. Smith joined the Creighton faculty in 2015 as a Resident Assistant Professor, and in 2017 became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology. As a religious historian, he specializes in late antique Christianity and Christianity in America. Dr. Smith taught at Fordham University, Manhattan College, and The Cooper Unior before coming to Creighton. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Religion & Society, and has published on late antique Christianity and modern American religion.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • “Early Monastic Practices of Strategic Speech and Selective Silence to Limit Violence.” In Social Reconciliation in the Catholic Tradition. Ed. Jay Carney and Laurie Johnston. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, Paulist Press, 62-81, 2018
  • Philosopher-Monks, Episcopal Aughority, and the Care of the Self: The Apophthegmata Patrum in Fifth-Century Palestine. Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 80 (Turnhout, Bel.: Brepols Publishers, 2018), Brepols Publishers, 2018
  • The Reception and Use of Monastic Literature: Text Creation and Community Formation. Christianities Before Modernity Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications (Western Michigan University), forthcoming (under contract)., Medieval Institute Publications (Western Michigan University)

Articles

  • "In Memoriam: Memory and Imitation in Augustine and Athanasius." In Augustine in Christian Thought, Life and Practice. Ed. John O’Keefe and Michael Cameron. Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series 15., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 212-26, 2018
  • (with Ashley Young). "Jewish Identity and Religious Commitments in the American Midwest: Results of a Limited Study on Interfaith Upbringing." Religion and Globalization. Ed. Ronald A. Simkins and Zachary B. Smith. Journal of Religion & Society Supplement 16 (2018): 202-28, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 16, 202-28, 2018
  • "Of Firstfruits and Social Fixtures: How Didache 13 Uses Torah to Reform Roman Patronage." Early Christianity 8.2 (2017): 251-68, Early Christianity, 8.2, 251-68, 2017
  • "Monks and Empire: Asceticism and Political (Dis)Engagement in Late Antiquity." Religion and Politics. Ed. Ronald A. Simkins and Zachary B. Smith. Journal of Religion & Society Supplement 14 (2017): 14-27, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 14, 14-27, 2017

Presentations

  • "Truth, Texts, and Community Formation in the Early Byzantine and Medieval Periods." Symposium on Religion and Justice, The Kripke Center, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2019
  • "Blinding Words: Legal Tests as a Potential Framework for Ascetic Scholarship." Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO, 2018
  • "Authority, Dissent, and Social Formation in Late Antiquity." 31st Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2018
  • "Contextualizing Cassian: A Challenge to Foucault’s View of Obedience in Monasticism." North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2018
  • "Making Spaces for Making Men." "You Are Here" Interdisciplinary Conference, Department of English, Creighton University, 2018
  • "Foucault’s Monks: Reassessing Foucault’s View of Subjectivity and Authority." AAR/SBL Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2018
  • "Early Monastic Practices of Strategic Speech and Selective Silence to Limit Violence." Social Reconciliation in the Catholic Tradition Conference, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2017
  • "Who’s Right, Which Rite, Why Write? Apophthegmata as Protreptic and Paraenetic." North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2017
  • "Between Two Worlds: Being Raised Jewish and Interfaith in the American Midwest." Symposium on Religion in Global Context, The Kripke Center, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2017
  • "Speech, Silence, and Violence: Healing and Harm in the Egyptian Desert." North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2016
  • "In Memoriam: Memory and Imitation in Augustine and Athanasius." Symposium on Augustine in Christian Thought, Life, and Practice, The Kripke Center, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2016
  • "Monks and Empire: Asceticism and Political Engagement in Late Antiquity." Symposium on Religion and Politics, The Kripke Center, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2016