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Email Address
Kirner-Johnson Building 227

Walter Beers earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University,  M.St. from the University of Oxford, and B.A. from the University of Richmond. He specializes in the history of the late antique and early medieval Mediterranean and Middle East, with a particular focus on the Aramaic-speaking (Syriac) Christian communities of western Asia. Beers’ research deals with rural religion and the social and economic history of Christianity, and he works to bring the lessons of postcolonial theory to the study of the premodern world. In 2022–23 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Haifa Center for Mediterranean History at the University of Haifa, Israel, where he conducted research on the archaeology of Palestinian monasteries.

Select Publications

  • “A Miaphysite Subalternity? John of Ephesus, the Jafnids, and the Villages of the Hawran,” Travaux et mémoires 26 (2022)
  • “Bloody Iuvenalia: Hypatia, Pulcheria Augusta, and the Beginnings of Cyril of Alexandria’s Episcopate,” in Dawn LaValle Norman and Alex Petkas, eds., Hypatia of Alexandria: Her Context and Legacy (Mohr Siebeck, 2020)

Professional Affiliations

North American Patristics Society
Society of Biblical Literature

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
M.St., Oxford University
B.A., University of Richmond

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