Dr. Kotrosits brings to the Religion department her expertise in socio-cultural approaches to the ancient Mediterranean, and specifically Christianity and Judaism within it. Her work combines affect theory (social theories of emotion) with diaspora, migration, and postcolonial studies, and she additionally works on ancient constructions of the body and sexuality. Her first book, Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging (2015) approached ancient Christian literature as responses to the diaspora conditions and broad colonial violence of the Roman empire. Her second book, The Lives of Objects: Material Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity, forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press, addresses the way people across time and geography grapple with the politics of social upheaval and displacement, and the materiality of life and death. It reorients readers to the socio-cultural world of the ancient Mediterranean, and ancient Christianity and Judaism within it, and asks what matters, what counts as “real” in the writing of history?
She has published in a range of top journals, including The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Culture and Religion, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and more.
Learning & Teaching
- Pain, Healing and the Body
- Racial Politics and National Belonging in Early Christianity
- Bible, Gender, Sexuality
- Creation Narratives and Power Relations
- 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.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant (2019-2024, collaborator with Philip Harland): “Ethnicity, Ethnographic Culture, and Diaspora in the Greco-Roman World.”
Lilian Robinson Speaker Prize, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), Spring 2020