James E. Goehring, Professor of Religion, earned a Ph.D. (1981) in early Christian studies from Claremont Graduate University (California). He received an M.A. (1976) in religious studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. (1972) in social science from the University of California at Berkeley. An expert in late antique and early Christian studies, Dr. Goehring has memberships in professional societies that include the International Association for Coptic Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the North American Patristics Society, of which he served as president in 2004-05. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Journal of Early Christian Studies.
Dr. Goehring is the author of numerous articles in academic journals, volumes of collected essays, and encyclopedias. His own books include The World of Early Egyptian Christianity: Language, Literature, and Social Context (2007), Ascetics, Society, and the Desert: Studies in Early Egyptian Monasticism (1999), The Crosby Schøyen Codex: Ms 193 in the Schøyen Collection (1990), and The Letter of Ammon and Pachomian Monasticism (1985). Working with the American team to edit and translate the Nag Hammadi Codices, Dr. Goehring also participated in the archeological excavations of an early monastic site in Upper Egypt.
In 1989-90 he was named an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Göttingen, Germany Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Faculty Member and a Jepson Fellow at Mary Washington. Dr. Goehring also has been a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Stipends and several UMW Faculty Development Research Grants. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship during 2002-03 for work on a critical edition of The Coptic Life of Abraham of Pbow. He has given numerous lectures and presentations on classics and religion in the United States and abroad.