SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS
Jaclyn Maxwell earned her Ph.D. in History and the Program in the Ancient World at Princeton University, and her B.A. in History and Classics at Tulane University. She is currently Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Classics/World Religions at Ohio University (Athens, OH). Her research focuses on the social, intellectual and religious changes during the Late Roman Empire (~300-500 CE), with a particular interest in areas that are today Turkey and Syria. Her first book, Christianization and Communication in Late Antiquity: John Chrysostom and his Congregation in Antioch (Cambridge University Press in 2006) examined the social context of Christian preaching in the Roman Empire. Her teaching ranges from ancient Greece and Rome to thematic courses on World Religions that include contemporary events and problems.