Andrew Crislip

Andrew Crislip, Ph.D.

Blake Chair in the History of Christianity

913 W. Franklin Street, room 204

Curriculum vitae


  • Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Ancient Christianity, Yale University
  • B.A., Classics and Religion, Mary Washington College

Research Interests

Andrew Crislip’s current work focuses on Egyptian monasticism, ancient healing traditions, and the history of emotions, through which he explores Christian approaches to passions within the contexts of ancient philosophy and medicine and the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of emotion. His books include "Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great" (with David Brakke, Cambridge University Press), "Thorns in the Flesh: Illness and Sanctity in Late Ancient Christianity" (University of Pennsylvania Press), he has published articles in Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Biblical Literature, The Journal of the Bible and Its Reception, Studia Patristica, and Vigiliae Christianae.

Select Publications

  • “Pain, Emotion, and Identity in Early Christianity.” Journal of Early Christian History (2021).
  • “The Ascetic Construction and Performance of Emotions: Lypē and Akēdia in the Works of Evagrios of Pontos.” In Managing Emotion: Passions, Affects, and Imaginings in Byzantium, edited by Margaret Mullett and Susan Ashbrook Harvey. Studies in Byzantine Cultural History. London: Routledge. In press.
  • “Resurrection, Emotion, and Embodiment in Egyptian Monastic Literature.” In Unity of Body and Soul in Patristic and Byzantine Thought. Edited by Anna Usacheva, Jörg Ulrich, and Siam Bhayro, 144-169. Contexts of Ancient and Medieval Anthropology 1. Leiden/Paderborn: Brill/Ferdinand Schöningh, 2020.
  • “Emotions in Eden and After: Ancient Jewish and Christian Reflections on Genesis 2-4.” Journal of the Bible and Its Reception 6 (2019): 97-133.


  • International Association for Coptic Studies
  • North American Patristics Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature


  • History of Christianity I
  • History of Christianity II
  • The Art of Historical Detection
  • New Testament
  • Readings in European History: Late Antiquity (graduate)
  • Studies in Ancient History: Late Antiquity
  • Reformations (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Heresy and Diversity in Early Christianity
  • Asceticism and Monasticism in the Christian Tradition
  • Healing in Antiquity


  • Fulbright Scholar Grant, University of Helsinki Finland, 2018-2019
  • VCU Humanities Research Center, Residential Fellowship, Spring 2018
  • VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2011-2012
  • H.P. Kraus Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • NEH Scholarly Editions Grant
  • Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Fellowship, 2004-2005