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Kristi Upson-Saia

Associate Professor, Religious Studies


  • Office: Fowler 402
  • Email: upsonsaia@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-2855
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  • Office Hours: Thurday 3:00-4:30, and by appointment

Department Chair, Religious Studies

Education: B.A., University of Washington; M.Div., Princeton Theol. Sem.; Ph.D., Duke University

Prof. Upson-Saia offers introductory level courses, such as the History of Early Christianity, as well as specialized topics courses on the Roman world, including: Magic, Miracle, and Medicine in Antiquity; "Good" Sex: History of Christian Sexual Ethics; Banned Books: Introduction to Apocryphal Literature; and Death, Dying, and the Afterlife in the Ancient Mediterranean World.  She also leads the Turkey: Then & Now program, which pairs a semester long course with a short-term field study in Turkey (ancient Asia Minor).

Her research interests include early Christian dress and performativity; late ancient representations of bodily deformities (specifically, wounds and scars); interpretations of and treatments for anger in the ancient world; and the persistence of ideas from early Christian apocryphal literature in the doctrine, art, and liturgy of subsequent Catholic traditions.

Prof. Upson-Saia is co-Founder and co-Director of the international working group on Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity (ReMeDHe, pronounced "remedy").