Todd S. Berzon

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Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity


B.A., Classical Studies, Columbia University
B.A., Theology, Oxford University, St. John’s College
M.A., Columbia University
M.Phil., Columbia University
Ph.D., Columbia University



Todd S. Berzon joined the Iliff faculty, June 2013, as the assistant professor of the history of Christianity.

Professor Berzon specializes in the study of Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity. He received his M.A., 2009, and his M.Phil., 2011, Columbia University. Before returning to graduate school at Columbia (where he also earned a B.A. in Classical Studies, 2005) he read for a second B.A. in Theology, Oxford University, 2007, St. John’s College, specializing in Biblical Studies.

His dissertation is entitled “Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Discovery, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity” and investigates how Christians wrote, theorized, and comprehended the ever-diversifying world around them. The project illustrates the complex and often fraught relationship between early Christian notions of ethnography, epistemology, and textuality. Beyond his dissertation, his research interests include religious law in the ancient world, Jewish-Christian relations, Augustine of Hippo, and late antique travel literature.