Catherine Chin

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Department Chair of Religious Studies and associate professor of Religious Studies 
  • Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of Religious Studies  


Office Phone: (530) 752-6255                                                    

Office:904 Sproul

Education and Degree(s):

  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2005
  • M.A., Duke University, 2000
  • M.St., Oxford University, 1996
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

Research Interest(s):

  • Early Christian social and intellectual history
  • Early Christian ritual
  • Literary cultures of late antiquity and the early middle ages
  • History of religious media and text transmission in Western culture
  • Premodern notions of gender, sexuality, and the body

Course(s) Taught:

  • RST/JST 40 New Testament
  • RST 45 Christianity
  • RST 80 Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
  • RST 100 Issues and Methods in the Study of Religion
  • RST 102 Christian Origins
  • RST 140 Christian Theology
  • RST 141C Letters of Paul
  • RST 143 New Testament Apocrypha
  • RST 144 History of the Bible
  • IST 8C Religion and the Cosmos: Plato to C.S. Lewis


Selected Publications:

"The Bishop's Two Bodies: Ambrose and the Basilicas of Milan."Church History 79 (2010): 531-55.

"Rufinus of Aquileia and Alexandrian Afterlives: Translation as Origenism." Journal of Early Christian Studies 18 (2010): 617-47.

Grammar and Christianity in the Late Roman World, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. To read the BMCR review, click here.

“Through the Looking-Glass Darkly: Jerome Inside the Book.” InThe Early Christian Book, ed. W. Klingshirn and L. Safran. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2007, 101-116.

“Origen and Christian Naming: Textual Exhaustion and the Boundaries of Gentility in Commentary on John 1.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 14 (2006): 407-436.

“Telling Boring Stories: Time, Narrative, and Pedagogy in De catechizandis rudibus.” Augustinian Studies 37 (2006): 43-62.

“Rhetorical Practice in the Chreia Elaboration of Mara bar Serapion.”Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 9 (2006). Online journal; article available here.

“The Grammarian’s Spoils: De Doctrina Christiana and the Contexts of Literary Education.” In Augustine and the Disciplines, ed. Mark Vessey and Karla Pollman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 167-183.