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Bradley K. Storin

Bradley K. Storin

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.: Religious Studies, Indiana University, 2012

Phone: (225) 578-2221
Email: bstorin@lsu.edu 
Office: 122 Coates

Biography

Brad Storin grew up in Austin, Texas and received a B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics from the University of Texas in 2003. He also received an M.T.S. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (2005) and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Indiana University (2012).

 

Areas of Interest

Brad is currently writing a book on the letter collection of Bishop Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. 330-390 c.e.), a figure who bears the simple epithet of “the Theologian” thanks to his efforts in determining and publicizing Nicene Trinitarian orthodoxy. However, in the last decade of his life, Gregory faced a personal and professional dilemma: amidst public disgrace and ridicule he was expelled from his influential position as bishop of Constantinople, a post that gave him a direct audience with the Roman emperor Theodosius I. In this book, Brad argues that Gregory’s self-designed letter collection—the earliest one that survives in Greek—should be read as a composite but unified and singular autobiographical text. The collection comprises a literary self-portrait that redefines its author as someone who transcends culture, but participates in it, as someone wrongly rejected from his episcopal seat but linked inextricably to the governing ecclesiastical structures. What this project will show is how Gregory curated his own letter collection, using his authorial power of inclusion, exclusion, and editing, to reestablish his status within late fourth-century provincial and imperial elite circles. In addition to this monograph, Brad is also translating Gregory’s complete letter collection into English for the first time. In addition to this book project, Brad is also a co-editor and translator for the Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings, a six-volume thematic anthology of early Christian texts.

 

Courses Offered

  • REL 1005 New Testament
  • REL 3000 Christianity
  • REL 4505: The Rise of Christianity
  • REL 4507: Topics in the History of Christianity: Christian Monasticism

 

Selected Publications

  • Late Antique Letter Collections: A Critical Introduction and Reference Guide, ed. Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts (University of California Press; forthcoming, 2016)
  • “The Letter Collection of Gregory of Nazianzus,” in Late Antique Letter Collections: A Critical Introduction and Reference Guide, ed. Sogno, Storin, and Watts (Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming in 2016)
  • Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings. Volume 4: Community, ed. Bradley K. Storin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings. Volume 5: Reading, ed. Ellen Muehlberger and Bradley K. Storin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • “In a Silent Way: Asceticism and Literature in the Rehabilitation of Gregory of Nazianzus,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 19.2 (2011): 225-57