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Douglas Ryan Boin

Religious Dirt is the web presence of Douglas Boin, Assistant Professor of Ancient and Late Antique Mediterranean History at Saint Louis University.

An expert on the religious history of the Roman Empire, he 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.

His first book, Ostia in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) looked at urban and social changes at the old harbor town of Rome during the "fall of the Roman Empire." His second book, Coming Out Christian in the Roman World, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in March 2015. He is currently writing a book on the social and cultural history of Late Antiquity for the publisher Wiley.

Other 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 like The Huffington Post, Biblical Archaeology, BuzzFeed, and the religion-news site, On Faith. From 2010-2013 he taught in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University.

You can learn more about his research on late Roman history, archaeology, and religion at Saint Louis University's Department of History or at academia.edu.