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Dr Sandwell’s main research interest is the religious history of the Roman period, particularly religious interaction between Christians and non-Christians in late antiquity. In 2007 she published her Religious Identity in Late Antiquity: Greeks, Jews and Christians in Antioch which used the work of Pierre Bourdieu and the writings of Libanius and John Chrysostom to develop a new model for understanding religious interaction in late antiquity. She has also published numerous articles on Libanius, Chrysostom and the fourth century religious situation. She is currently working on a monograph on audience understanding and reception of preaching and is carrying out research on the emperor Julian and approaches to the study of ritual in antiquity. Dr Sandwell also has broader interests in Greek and Roman social history, the Greek world under Roman rule and the use of anthropology and psychology for studying ancient history.
She would be happy to supervise PhD students working on Libanius or John Chrysostom and on any aspect of third and fourth century religious history.
Dr Sandwell is on research leave in 2010-11. She teaches a range of courses on general Roman history as well as courses more closely connected to her own research interests in religion and late antiquity. She also teaches some Greek history.