Visiting Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies
Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University
Early Christianity, ancient Mediterranean religion and philosophy.
Laura Dingeldein is a historian of ancient Christianity and received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University in 2014. She teaches Catholic Studies and Religious Studies courses at UIC on topics including Catholic thought, world religions, religion in human experience, and the apostle Paul and his legacy.
Professor Dingeldein specializes in the historical contextualization of ancient Christianity through critical comparison with ancient Mediterranean religion and philosophy. In recent work she has examined the ways in which religious experts such as the apostle Paul and Julian the Apostate used philosophical concepts in their religious programs in order to promote or combat the development of Christianity. Her other research interests include the reception of Pauline literature from antiquity through modernity and the effects of religious diversity on student learning in the classroom. She currently serves as coordinator of UIC’s Catholic Studies program and also lectures at nearby Northwestern University.