Assistant Professor of Religion, Classics, and Queer Studies
Denison University (Ohio)

Maia Kotrosits (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in NYC), is Co-chair of the Christianity Seminar and Assistant Professor in the departments of Religion, Classics, and Queer Studies at Denison University. Her work brings questions of diaspora and colonization to bear on a broad swath of New Testament and affiliated literature and suggests ways we might rethink the places of Jews and Christians within ancient Mediterranean social life. Her most recent book, Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging (Fortress 2015), assembles a number of late first and early second century texts from the New Testament and the Nag Hammadi codices, reading them not as evidence of a social or religious phenomenon with a distinct theology or self-understanding, but rather as poignant (and unexceptional) responses to colonization and diaspora loss. She has also co-authored two books: Re-reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma and The Thunder: Perfect Mind: An Introduction and New Translation, both with Hal Taussig, and has published in a wide range of scholarly journals.

Books

  • Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging, Fortress, 2015
  • Re-reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma (with Hal Taussig) Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
  • The Thunder: Perfect Mind: An Introduction and New Translation (with Hal Taussig, Jared Calaway, Celene Lillie, and Justin Lasser) Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in New York
  • M.Div., M.Phil., Union Theological Seminary in New York
  • B.A., Binghamton University

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Religion, Denison University, February 2014-present
  • Visiting Lecturer of Religion and Women and Gender Studies, Amherst College