Christine Shepardson, a Lindsay Young Professor, was appointed head of the Department of Religious Studies. She has been at UT since 2003.
Shepardson received her PhD in early Christianity from Duke University in 2003. She studies the history of early Christianity, particularly the Mediterranean world in the period of late antiquity. She is the winner of a 2016-2017 NEH Fellowship, a 2009-2010 ACLS Fellowship, a 2008 NEH Summer Stipend, and a 2008 Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.
“I believe wholeheartedly in the value of our mission to maintain a faculty of research and teaching excellence and an outstanding undergraduate program for the critical, comparative, and cross-cultural study of religion, and I feel fortunate to have colleagues who have so much to contribute toward these goals.”