Jennifer Barry

Jenny Barry MRBJennifer Barry received her PhD from Drew University (2013) and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She has also taught at the University of Michigan, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Marymount University. She is the co-founder of the Washington Area Reading Group in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (WARBLS) and an active member in the intellectual life of the DC metro area. Additionally, she serves as a coordinator of the First Millennium Seminar, which is a cross-institutional network created to foster interdisciplinary and comparative research on the first millennium in Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world.

Barry is a historian of late ancient Christianity and her research focuses primarily on clerical exile, orthodoxy/heresy, and women/gender. Her dissertation (now under revision), Bishops in Flight: Exilic Discourse in Late Antiquity, examines how exilic discourses functioned as a new discursive mode in the theological controversies of the fourth and fifth centuries. She has two forthcoming articles: “Heroic Bishops: Hilary of Poitiers’s exilic discourse” (Vigiliae Christianae, 2016) and “Diagnosing Heresy: “Ps.-Martyrius’s Funerary Speech for John Chrysostom” (Journal of Early Christian Studies, 2016). Her next major project looks at male fantasies of gendered violence in late ancient Christian texts under the working title, A Violence All Her Own: Violent Fantasies in Late Antiquity.

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