Religious Dirt is the online presence of Douglas Ryan 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. from Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. 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 next book, titled Coming Out Christian in the Roman World, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in March 2015.
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 International New York Times. From 2010-2013 he taught in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University.