Blake Hartung is an Instructor of Religious Studies and History at Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Early Christianity from Saint Louis University. Broadly speaking, his research focuses on Christian literature and culture in the Near East in late antiquity (second through seventh centuries C.E.), with a special emphasis on the Syriac Christian tradition. He is particularly interested in publicly-performed liturgical poems and homilies, a subject which is the focus of his first monograph project (in progress) on the Syriac poet Ephrem of Nisibis. He is also a translator for a co-authored volume of Ephrem’s poems forthcoming from Catholic University of America Press.
His other research interests include the changing relationship between religion and Roman political culture in late antiquity, an interest which informs his work as a faculty member for the Political History and Leadership certificate program at ASU. In addition to his primary research project, he has participated in a collaborative effort to digitize and catalogue thousands of manuscripts from the Vatican Library and held a short-term postdoctoral fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (2019). He has also worked for two seasons on the archaeological excavations of the Byzantine city of Abila (northern Jordan).
Ph.D. Saint Louis University 2017