Maria Doerfler serves as Assistant Professor of Eastern Christianity in Yale University’s Department of Religious Studies. Before joining the Yale faculty, she held the position of Assistant Professor of Christianity in Late Antiquity at Duke Divinity School, as well as serving as director of the Duke/UNC Center for Late Ancient Studies.
Her work focuses on the interpretation of authoritative texts, of law, philosophical writings, and scripture, in the second through sixth centuries C.E., with particular emphasis on how contexts of personal or communal crisis shape exegesis. Her current project examines late ancient responses to death in childhood and the role of parental affect; she also works extensively on Roman law in late antiquity and its reception in later Christian settings, and occasionally writes about gender and asceticism. She holds a Ph.D. in Early Christianity from Duke University, a J.D. from UCLA, and a B.A. in political science from Princeton University.