Religious Dirt is the web presence of Douglas Boin. A writer driven to search for what is novel. An editor committed to what is compelling. And a champion of causes, from cultural heritage to religious literacy. Doug is currently an Associate Professor of History at Saint Louis University and, as of September 2016, Editor-At-Large at OnFaith.
Doug is the author of three books. Ostia in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is a study of daily life in Rome's harbor town between antiquity and the middle ages. Coming Out Christian in the Roman World (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) offers a new perspective on the rise and "triumph" of Christianity, one that challenges faith-based notions of widespread Christian conversion in antiquity. In late 2017, the publisher Wiley will release Late Antiquity: A Social and Cultural History, a new look at the global world after Rome.
He is perennially fascinated by the people and city of Rome. His research and writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, at NBC news, and in the Spanish newspaper El País. Doug's scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Roman Studies, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and the Papers of the British School at Rome. His advocacy on behalf of cultural heritage issues has been featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (with Thomas Finan) and The International New York Times.
He has also written for popular venues, with essays appearing at TIME ("What We Get Wrong about the Fall of Rome," originally published at the History News Network), Biblical Archaeology, BuzzFeed, Wonders & Marvels, OnFaith.co and The Chronicle of Higher Education. From 2010-2013 he taught in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University.
Doug received his B.A. in Classics from Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from The University of Texas at Austin. (You might also be surprised to learn he has twenty-one years of Catholic education, eight of which were spent in Jesuit schools.) A selection of his other writing appears at Medium. You can also learn more about his research at Saint Louis University's Department of History, at academia.edu and on YouTube.