I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, in the Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät. My primary area of research is Greek Patristics, especially St Maximus the Confessor, and its relevance to contemporary ethics. Previously I have worked as an adjunct lecturer for Munich School of Ancient Philosophy, and also a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh where I lectured in Christian Ethics. This is my personal site where a summary of my research interests, publications, and outreach can be found and a copy of my C.V. can be downloaded. Please feel free to contact me.
My current research, for which I am the recipient of an Incoming LMU Research Fellowship, is entitled ‘The Absence of Sex and Gender in Early Byzantine Theology’. The project will evaluate this facet of theology in the works of Gregory of Nyssa and Maximus the Confessor especially surrounding the concept of ‘holy genderlessness’. The project will also survey monastic sources from the 4th to 7th centuries looking in particular at instances of monastics who chose to live as genders different to those they were assigned at birth, including identifying as ‘above’ or ‘beyond’ gender. The aim of this project is to evaluate links between this theology and these monastic practices, and also to consider the relevance of these findings for contemporary theological ethics especially in gender and LGBTQ+ studies.
I completed my doctorate in Greek Patristics and its relevance to contemporary ethics at Durham University in 2017. My thesis, Revolution in the Microcosm: Love and Virtue in the Cosmological Ethics of St Maximus the Confessor, was on St Maximus the Confessor with relevance to virtue ethics and contemporary anarchist theory.
In my doctoral research I considered the works of St Maximus the Confessor from within the meta-ethical framework of virtue ethics, and suggested ways in which his thought might be relevant for today. I demonstrated a way of critiquing the nation state using his thought and considered the compatibility of Maximus’ ethics with contemporary anarchist philosophy. My doctoral research was funded by the AHRC through Durham University.
In general, I am particularly interested in late Byzantine theology and aside from Maximus the Confessor have also worked on Gregory of Nyssa, John of Damascus and Gregory Palamas. My aim is to explore ways to present Byzantine theological and philosophical ideas in lay, contemporary terms that demonstrate the relevance of early Christian theology for contemporary Christian ethics.