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Douglas Ryan Boin

Religious Dirt is the web presence of Douglas Boin, an internationally recognized authority on the archaeology, religion, and history of the Roman world. He is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Saint Louis University.

He has authored two books, Ostia in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Coming Out Christian in the Roman World (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), and his research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and the Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s. Currently, he is writing a new 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, with essays appearing at TIME ("What We Get Wrong about the Fall of Rome," originally published at the History News Network), The Huffington Post, Biblical Archaeology, BuzzFeed, Wonders & Marvels, the religion-news site On Faith, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. From 2010-2013 he taught in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University.

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.

You can learn more about his research at Saint Louis University's Department of History or at academia.edu.