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Jeffrey Wickes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Early Christianity
Theological Studies

Graduate Studies Coordinator

Office Hours

On Sabbatical Spring 2021

Courses Taught

Asceticism and the Early Christian Body; Literature and the Cult of the Saints in Late Antique Christianity; Music, Poetry, and Religious Identity; Christians in the Middle East; Christianity in Antiquity Survey; Theological Foundations


PhD. in Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2013
M.A. in Early Christian Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2007
M.A. in Theology, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2005
B.A. in Religion, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2003

Research Interests

  • Late Antique Christian Literature
  • Syriac Christianity
  • Religion and Literature

Publications and Media Placements

Books (Author)

Bible and Poetry in Late Antique Mesopotamia: Ephrem’s Hymns on Faith. Christianity in Late Antiquity Series 5. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019.

St. Ephrem the Syrian: The Hymns on Faith. Fathers of the Church, Volume 130. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2015.

Books (Editor)
Edited with Kristian Heal. Literature, Rhetoric, and Exegesis in Syriac Verse. Peeters, 2017. 

For a full list of publications, see C.V.

Honors and Awards

  • Swenson Family Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Collegeville, MN, 2017.
  • Reinert Innovative Teaching Fellowship, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Saint Louis University, 2016-17.
  • Summer Fellow in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, Washington, D.C., June 20-August 5, 2016.
  • Mellon Faculty Development Grant, Saint Louis University, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017.
  • Junior Fellow in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 2011-2012.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Dolores Zorhab Liebmann Fund, 2011-2014 (only accepted one year, 2011-12). 

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • North American Patristics Society American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Byzantine Studies Association of North America
  • The Classical Association of the Middle West and South