Faculty & Staff


Derek Krueger

Derek Krueger

Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Program Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
Ph.D. Religion, Princeton University 1991
Office Hours: Mondays 3:30-4:30 and by appointment

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Religion in Late Antiquity
  • Early Christianity
  • Byzantine Studies
  • Gender Studies

Personal Statement:

As a historian of Christian culture in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, I have posed a variety of questions about the practice of Christianity in the pre-modern Eastern Mediterranean. I’ve written about saints’ lives as a literary genre, about monasticism, the everyday religion of lay Christians, and the reception of the Bible. I recently completed a book entitled Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium, which examines hymns, sermons, and personal devotional objects (like reliquaries, icons, and pendant crosses) to explore how ideal models for the Christian self and patterns of the conscience were mediated to Eastern Orthodox Christians in the Middle Ages. Now I am working concurrently on two projects. The first explores how the culture of monasticism in Byzantium produced ideas about masculinity, gender, sexuality, and friendship. The second explores the use of biblical quotations in Byzantine saints’ lives to assess how Christians received and understood their Bible.


  • Symeon the Holy Fool: Leontius's Life and the Late Antique City (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996).
  • Writing and Holiness: The Practice of Authorship in the Early Christian East (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).
  • Byzantine Christianity, edited by Derek Krueger. A People's History of Christianity 3 (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006).
  • Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2014).
    Symeon the Holy Fool Writing and Holiness A People's History of Chriatianity Derek Krueger

Recent publications:

Work in progress:

Monastic Desires: Homoeroticism in Byzantine Ascetic Literature

“Scripture and Liturgy in the Life of Mary of Egypt

“The Hagiographers’ Bible”

Recent Courses Taught:

  • Rel 104: Religion, Ritual, and the Arts
  • Rel 204: New Testament and the Origins of Christianity
  • Rel 210: Christianity to the Reformation
  • Rel 301: Early Christianity
  • Rel 303: The Practice of Christianity in Byzantium (500-1200)
  • Rel 310: Christianity and the Construction of Gender (Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern)
  • Rel 311: Jewish and Christian Biblical Interpretation (with Prof. Ellen Haskell)
  • Rel 314/Art 301:  Saints and Relics: Art and Devotion in the Middle Ages (with Prof. Heather Holian)
  • Rel 323:  The Christian Monastic Tradition
  • Rel 503: Religion, Gender, and Culture (Critical Gender Theory and Religion)