Ashley M. Purpura

Ashley M. Purpura

Assistant Professor // SIS // Religious Studies
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Assistant Professor // SIS // Jewish Studies
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Assistant Professor // SIS // Medieval Studies
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Assistant Professor // SIS // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Assistant Professor // SIS
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Ashley Purpura received her Ph.D. Fordham University in 2014. She researches the history of Orthodox Christian thought in its Byzantine tradition, and investigates how historical religious practices and ways of thinking shape power structures and complex identities for past and present religious communities. She has published articles on religious authority and conceptions of gender, and her first book, God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium (Fordham University Press, 2018) examines the development and maintenance of “hierarchy” as a theological concept. With current projects, Purpura analyzes Orthodox Christian constructions of gender in relation to religious ideals of patriarchy, and the formation of religious identity in ritual contexts.

 

Office Information

Office: HEAV G34D
Office Phone: 765-496-0025
E-mail: apurpur@purdue.edu

Courses

Courses:

REL200: Introduction to the Study of Religion

PHIL/REL230: Religions of the East

 

 

 


 

Specialization

History of Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, gender, ritual, identity, and authority in Byzantine religious genres

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