Susanna Elm

Sidney H. Ehrman Professor of European History
Office Hours: 
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Fall 2017)
2310 Dwinelle
(510) 642-2238
Education: 

D.Phil. Oxon., Literae Humaniores (Ancient History) St. Hilda's College, 1986
Philosophicum, summa cum laude, Free University Berlin (BA-equivalent in Philosophy and education), 1982
Interim examination, summa cum laude, University Berlin, 1980
Music certificate, qualified flute teacher, North Rhine Westphalian Academy of Music, 1978
Valedictorian, Gymnasium Leopoldinum I, Detmold, 1978

Extended Faculty Field: 
Late Antique
Research Interests: 

Ancient History with a focus on the political, economic, religious and cultural history of the later Roman Empire, East and West. Current projects include Augustine of Hippo and slavery, the possibility of formulating a theology of economics, late Roman Antioch, elite display, and aspects of ancient medicine.

Profile: 

Current Employment and Positions

2002-         Full Professor
1999-         Director, Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies
1997-         Chair, Graduate Program in Ancient Mediterranean History and Archaeology
1994-2002 Associate Professor
1994-1995 Acting Director, Graduate Program in Ancient Mediterranean History and Archaeology
                  Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Program for Religious Studies
1988-1994 Assistant Professor, U.C. Berkeley

Scholarships and Awards

2007          Ellen Maria Gorrison Berlin Prize Fellow, American Academy Berlin, Spring.
2003          U.C. Berkeley Regents' Faculty Research Fellowship, Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls Universität;t Tübingen, Fall.
2000-2001 Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton
                  Invitation to the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, declined.
1999-2000 Senior Faculty Fellow, Townsend Center of the Humanities
1998-1999 National Humanities Lecturer
1996-1997 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
1995-1996 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
                  Berkeley Humanities Research Fellowship
1992          U.C. Regents' Grant for Research Assistance.
1991-1992 National Humanities Center/ National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
                  Regents' Faculty Research Fellowship.
1990          Summer Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
1989          Regents' Junior Faculty Research Grant, U.C. Berkeley.
1985-1986 Research Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C 
1982-1985 Rhodes Scholarship
1979-1985 Foundation of the German People for Highly Talented Scholarship.

Representative Publications: 

Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church: Emperor Julian, Gregory of Nazianzus, and the Vision of Rome. Berkeley: UC Press, 2012. Winner 2013 C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association.

Virgins of God. The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity. Oxford Classical Monograph Series. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994; Paperback, 1996, re-ed. 1999, 2003; e-book 2006).

Sold to Sin by Origin: Slavery and Freedom in Augustine.  In preparation.

Intellectual Exchange and Religious Diversity in Antioch (CE 350-450). Ed. S.-P. Bergjan and S. Elm, Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, forthcoming.

Die Braut Christi: Familienformen in Europa, Ed. S. Elm and B. Vinken, Paderborn: W. Fink Verlag, 2015.

Wer heilt, hat Recht? Medizin, Kunst, Ritus. Ed. S. Willich and S. Elm. Trigon 11, Guardini

Stiftung, Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag 2014, 45-102.

Quo Vadis Medical Healing. Past Concepts and New Approaches. Ed. Susanna Elm and Stefan Willich. International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine 44. New York: Springer, 2009.

Violence in Late Antiquity: Perceptions and Practices. Ed. H. Drake and co-ed. E. Albu S. Elm, M. Maas, C. Rapp, M. Salzman. London: Ashgate, 2006.

Medical Challenges for the New Millennium - An Interdisciplinary Task. Ed. Stefan N. Willich and Susanna Elm. New York/Amsterdam: Kluver, 2001.

Orthodoxie, christianisme, histoire-Orthodoxy, Christianity, History. Ed. Susanna Elm, Éric Rebillard and Antonella Romano. Collection de l’École française de Rome 270. Rome: École française de Rome, 2000; e-book 2007.

The “Holy Man” Revisited (1971-1997): Charisma, Texts, and Communities in Late Antiquity. Ed. Susanna Elm and Naomi Janowitz. Special Issue Journal of Early Christian Studies 6: 3 (1998).

 “Heil/Kunst: Galen über die Kunst der Medizin und die Meaning Response,” in Wer heilt, hat Recht? Medizin, Kunst Ritus, Ed. S. Willich and S. Elm, Trigon 11, Guardini Stiftung, Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag 2014, 57-64

“Sponsa Christi or the Marriage Plot: A New late Roman Role for Women,” in Familienformen in Europa: Die Braut Christi, Ed. S. Elm and B. Vinken, Paderborn, W. Fink Verlag, 2015.

“When Augustine Spoke of Babylon, What did he See?” in Translatio Babylonis: Unsere orientalische Moderne, ed. B. Vinken, Paderborn: W. Fink Verlag, 2015.

 „Zurückblickend nach vorne schauen: Prudentius, Roms janusköpfiger Dichter,“ in Amor/Roma: Rom rückwärts gelesen. Ed. J.Kaspar und C. Wild, Zurich: Diaphanes Verlag, fortcoming.

“Neues aus der alten Welt II – Die Spätantike oder der lange Schatten von Edward Gibbon,” Merkur. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken 68 (2014): 442-449.

“What the Bishop Wore to the Synod: John Chrysostom, Origenism, and the Politics of Fashion at Constantinople,” Adamantius 19 (2013): 156-169.

“Church- Festival-Temple: Reimagining Civic Topography in Late Antiquity,” in The City in the Classical and Post-Classical World: Changing Contexts of Power and Identity. Ed. C. Rapp and H. Drake. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, 167-182.

“Ascetics and Monastics in the Early Fifth Century,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila. Ed. M. Maas. Cambridge 2014.

Articles

Heil/Kunst: Galen über die Kunst der Medizin und die Meaning Response,” in Wer heilt, hat Recht? Medizin, Kunst Ritus, Ed. S. Willich and S. Elm, Trigon 11, Guardini Stiftung, Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag 2014, 57-64

Sponsa Christi or the Marriage Plot: A New late Roman Role for Women,” in Familienformen in Europa: Die Braut Christi, Ed. S. Elm and B. Vinken, Paderborn, W. Fink Verlag, 2015.

“When Augustine Spoke of Babylon, What did he See?” in Translatio Babylonis: Unsereorientalische Moderne, ed. B. Vinken, Paderborn: W. Fink Verlag, 2015.

Oikeiōsis pros theon: Gregory of Nazianzus’s Concept of Theōsis or Mediation between Individual and Community,” in Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity. Ed. E. Rebillard and J. Ruepke, Washington D.C., 2014.

„Zurückblickend nach vorne schauen: Prudentius, Roms janusköpfiger Dichter,“ in Amor/Roma: Rom rückwärts gelesen. Ed. J.Kaspar und C. Wild, Zurich: Diaphanes Verlag, fortcoming.

“Neues aus der alten Welt II – Die Spätantike oder der lange Schatten von Edward Gibbon,” Merkur. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken 68 (2014): 442-449.

“What the Bishop Wore to the Synod: John Chrysostom, Origenism, and the Politics of Fashion at Constantinople,” Adamantius 19 (2013): 156-169.

“Church- Festival-Temple: Reimagining Civic Topography in Late Antiquity,” in The City in the Classical and Post-Classical World: Changing Contexts of Power and Identity. Ed. C. Rapp and H. Drake. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, 167-182.

“Ascetics and Monastics in the Early Fifth Century,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila. Ed. M. Maas. Cambridge 2014.