Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (

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Research Interests

  • Multilingualism in the Christian East

  • Travel, Pilgrimage, Cartography

  • Syriac Language and Literature

  • Coptic Language and Literature

  • Medieval Encyclopedism / Intellectual History



  • 2005: D.Phil. in Classics, University of Oxford

  • 2001: M.Phil. in Classics, University of Oxford

  • 1999: B.A. in Classics, Vanderbilt University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


Teaching Appointments and Research Fellowships

  • 2015 – present: Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

  • 2011 – 2015: Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellow in Byzantine Greek, Georgetown University

  • 2010 – 2011: Kluge Fellow, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 

  • 2009 – 2010: Dumbarton Oaks Fellow in Byzantine Studies, Washington, D.C. 

  • 2007 – 2011: Assistant Professor of Classics, Washington and Lee University

  • 2006 – 2007: Visiting Lecturer in Classics, Harvard University

  • 2004 – 2007: Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, Mass. 


Other Appointments and Positions


Books Published

Literary Territories: Cartographical Thinking in Late Antiquity

Oxford University Press, 2016


Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek

Editor and Author of "Introduction: The Social Presence of Greek in Eastern Christianity, 200–1200 CE"

The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300–1500, Vol.  6

Ashgate, 2014


Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Sinful Woman

Texts from Christian Late Antiquity, Vol. 33

Translator, with introduction and appendix

Gorgias Press, 2013


Miracle Tales From Byzantium 

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Vol. 12

Translator with Alice-Mary Talbot 

Harvard University Press, 2012

Reviews:  Journal of Religious History (pdf), Speculum (pdf)



  • “Introduction: The Social Presence of Greek in Eastern Christianity, 200–1200 CE.” In Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek, 1–122. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. (pdf)

  • “Real and Imagined Geography.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila, ed. Michael Maas, 394–413. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. (pdf)

  • “Travel, Cartography, and Cosmology.” In The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, 562–594. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. (pdf)

  • “Preface: On the Uniqueness of Late Antiquity.” In The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, xi–xxix. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. (pdf)

  • “Apostolic Geography: The Origins and Continuity of a Hagiographic Habit.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 64 (2010) 5–25. (pdf)

  • “Reviving the Memory of the Apostles: Apocryphal Tradition and Travel Literature in Late Antiquity.” In Revival and Resurgence in Christian History, ed. Kate Cooper and Jeremy Gregory, 1–26. Studies in Church History 44. Woodbridge: Ecclesiastical History Society and Boydell Press, 2008. (pdf)

  • “Apocrypha and the Literary Past in Late Antiquity.” In From Rome to Constantinople: Studies in Honour of Averil Cameron, ed. Hagit Amirav and Bas ter Haar Romeny, 47–66. Leuven: Peeters, 2007. (pdf)

  • “Classical Sources for Early Christian Miracle Collections: The Case of the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thecla.” Studia Patristica 39 (2006) 399–407. (Revised as Chapter 4 of The Life and Miracles of Thekla, A Literary Study; see above)

  • “Late Antique Narrative Fiction: Apocryphal Acta and the Greek Novel in the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thekla.” In Greek Literature in Late Antiquity (Aldershot, 2006) 189–207. (pdf)

  • “The Sinful Woman: A memra by Jacob of Serugh.” In Sobornost/Eastern Churches Review 24.1 (2002) 58–90. (pdf)



  • Review of J.F. Coakley, Robinson's Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar, Sixth Edition (Oxford, 2013), in Hugoye 18.2. (pdf)

  • Review of Anthony Grafton and Megan Williams, Christianity and the Transformation of the Book (Cambridge, MA., 2006), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.06.41. (BMCR link)

  • Review of Bernadette Simon, Nonnos de Panopolis: Les Dionysiaques, Tome XVI, Chants XLIV–XLVI (Paris, 2004) in Classical Review 56.1 (2006) 86–87. (pdf)

  • Review of Gianfranco Agosti, Nonno di Panopoli: Parafrasi del Vangelo di San Giovanni, Canto Quinto (Florence, 2003) in Classical Review 55.2 (2005) 474–476. (pdf)

  • Review of Tomas Hägg and Philip Rousseau, Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity (California, 2000) in Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004) 274–275. (pdf)

  • Review of Stephen Davis, The Cult of Saint Thecla (Oxford, 2001), in Heythrop Journal 45 (2004) 80–82. (pdf)

  • Review of Liz James, Empresses and Power in Early Byzantium (London, 2001), in Classical Review 53 (2003) 186–187. (pdf)

  • Review of Patricia Cox Miller, The Poetry of Thought in Late Antiquity (Aldershot, 2001), in Heythrop Journal 44 (2003) 506–508. (pdf)

  • Review of Judith Herrin, Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium (London, 2001), in Journal of Hellenic Studies 122 (2002) 204–205. (pdf)


(last updated: January 2016)