Maia Kotrosits (Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in NYC) combines work in cultural studies and contemporary theory with the social history of the ancient Mediterranean. Her most recent book, Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging (Fortress Press, 2015), brings affect theory and contemporary studies of diaspora and transnational populations to bear on ancient literature, reading ancient Jewish and Christian literature not as the literature of emergent religions, but rather as poignant and unexceptional responses to social fragmentation and the broad colonial conditions of the Roman Empire. She has also co-written books on the ancient Coptic poem The Thunder: Perfect Mind, as well as on the Gospel of Mark, and she has published in some of the top journals across disciplines, including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Culture and Religion. She edits the Bible and Cultural Studies book series with Palgrave Macmillan. Dr. Kotrosits teaches courses in Classics, Queer Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as the Religion department.
Learning & Teaching
- Bible, Gender, Sexuality
- Racial Politics and National Belonging in Early Christianity
- Creation Narratives and Power Relations
- Unbinding the Book: New Testament as Canon
- Pain, Healing and the Body in Ancient and Contemporary Worlds
- Introduction to the Bible
- Revelation: Reading, Writing, and the End
Ancient notions of the body, gender, and sexuality. Early Christian social life in the context of the Roman Mediterranean. Nation, ethnicity, and diaspora in the ancient world. Cultural studies, queer theory, and feminist theory.
- “Penetration and Its Discontents: Greco-Roman Sexuality, The Acts of Paul and Thecla, and Theorizing Eros Without the Wound,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 27:3.
- “Speaking of Grief and the Grief of Speaking: Martyrs’ Speech and the Perils of Translation,” Culture and Religion Vol. 17, no. 4 (2017): 441-439.
- “Sovereignty in Ruins: The Death of Ignatius and Ecologies of Destruction” Forum 6.1 (Spring 2017): 79-95.
- “How Things Feel: Biblical Studies, Affect Theory, and the (Im)Personal,” Research Perspectives in Biblical Interpretation 1.1 (2016), 1-53.
- “Queer Persistence: On Death, History, and Longing for Endings,” Sexual Disorientations: Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.
- “Babylon’s Fall: Figuring Diaspora in and through Ruins,” Bible and Critical Theory Vol. 11, no. 2 (2015): 1-17.
- “When History Vindicates: On the Historian’s Frustration,” invited response to Burton Mack’s A Myth of Innocence, Journal of the American Academy of Religion Vol. 83, no. 3 (September 2015): 841-845.
- “Social Fracture and Cosmic Rhetoric: Interpretations of Isaiah in the Nag Hammadi Codices,” Forum 4.2 (Fall, 2015).
- “Seeing is Feeling: Revelation’s Enthroned Lamb and Ancient Visual Affects,” Biblical Interpretation Vol. 22, no. 4 (Fall 2014): 473-502.
- “The Queer Life of Christian Exceptionalism,” Culture and Religion Vol. 15, no. 2 (June 2014): 158-165.
- “Uncertain Futures: Institutional Brokenness and Other Quandaries of Feminist Belonging,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol. 29, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 131-138.
- “The Ekklesia and the Politics of the Meal: Re-thinking ‘Christian Identity’ in and through Acts,” in Mahl und religiöse Identität im frühen Christentum eds. Matthias Klinghardt and Hal Taussig, 241-278. Tanz Verlag (2012).
- “Romance and Danger at Nag Hammadi” The Bible and Critical Theory Vol. 8, no. 1 (March 2012): 39-52.
- “The Rhetoric of Intimate Spaces: Affect and Performance in the Corinthian Correspondence” Union Seminary Quarterly Review Vol. 62, no. 3-4: 134-151.
- “Re-reading Canonical Identity: A Sexual Ethics of Bible Interpretation” Studies in Gender and Sexuality Vol. 11, issue 2 (April 2010): 89-100.