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Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow - Class of Spring 2007


Susanna Elm is professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also chairs the graduate program in Ancient Mediterranean History and Archeology. Her primary field of research is the social and cultural history of the later Roman Empire, with a focus on early Christianity and ancient medicine. Her publications include Virgins of God: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity (Clarendon, 1994/1996); Medical Challenges for the New Millennium: An Interdisciplinary Task (Kluver, 2001), co-edited with Stefan Willich; and Orthodoxie, christianisme, histoire/Orthodoxy, Christianity, History, co-edited with Éric Rebillard and Antonella Romano (École française de Rome, 2000); as well as many articles and book reviews. In 2007 she was completing a book titled Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church: Gregory of Nazianzus, Emperor Julian and the Christianization of the Late Roman Elites. Her awards include a Rhodes Scholarship and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. She received her BA in history and classics from the Freie Universität, Berlin, and a DPhil in Literae Humaniores from Oxford in 1986.