John Penniman

John Penniman

National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in the Humanities and Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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About John Penniman

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Fordham University
  • M.T.S., Emory University
  • B.A., Elon University

Research Interests

  • Early Christianity and Late Antiquity
  • Religion and the History of Medicine
  • Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Poststructuralism
  • Historiography
  • Western Religious History

Teaching Interests

  • History of Christianity
  • History of Biblical Interpretation
  • Theories of Religion
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
  • Religion and Pop Culture


Selected Publications


Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity (Yale University Press, 2017).


"Fed to Perfection: Mother's Milk, Roman Family Values, and the Transformation of the Soul in Gregory of Nyssa," Church History 84:3 (Fall 2015): 1-36. 

"The Health-Giving Cup: Cyprian's Ep. 63 and the Medicinal Power of Eucharistic Wine," Journal of Early Christian Studies23.2 (Summer 2015): 189-211.

Further Information

Contact Details


13 Coleman Hall