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Kristi Upson-Saia

Associate Professor, Religious Studies


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Department Chair, Religious Studies

Education: B.A., University of Washington; M.Div., Princeton Theol. Sem.; Ph.D., Duke University

Prof. Upson-Saia teaches courses in the history and literature of early Christianity.  She offers introductory level courses, such as the History of Early Christianity, as well as specialized topics courses on magic, miracle, and medicine; sexuality; apocryphal literature; and death.  She also leads the Turkey: Then & Now program, which pairs a semester long course with a short-term field study in Turkey (ancient Asia Minor).

Her research interests include early Christian dress and performativity; late ancient representations of bodily deformities (specifically, wounds and scars); interpretations of and treatments for anger in the ancient world; and the ways in which ideas from early Christian apocryphal literature persist in the doctrine, art, and liturgy of Catholic traditions.