Prof. George DemacopoulosProfessor of Theology, Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center

    Research Profile

    Professor Demacopoulos specializes in the history of Christianity in late antiquity, the early medieval west, and Byzantium. His research focuses on (1) the intersection, cross-fertilization, and conflict between Eastern and Western Christians; (2) the expressions of authority within various Christian communities, particularly those related to monasticism and the papacy; and (3) the attempt to apply the resources of critical theory to the analysis of the Eastern Christian experience. His future research projects include a biography of Pope Gregory I, 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. He serves as Co-Founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, the only Center of its kind at a North American university.

    Teaching Profile

    Recent courses include Byzantine Christianity and Cappodocian Theology. Professor Demacopoulos teaches medieval philosophy and theology in Fordham’s undergraduate honors program, has offered surveys of the history of Christianity to both undergraduate and graduate students, and has taught graduate seminars on the conversion of Europe and the early papacy.

    Selected Publications

    The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press).

    Orthodox Constructions of the West, ed. by Demacopoulos and Papanikolaou (Fordham University Press).

    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).

    Gregory the Great: Book of Pastoral Rule, trans. by Demacopoulos (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007).



    Fordham University
    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Keating 216
    441 East Fordham Road
    Bronx, New York 10458, USA



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