Matthew Larsen

Lecturer in the Council of Humanities and Religion
Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows
2018-2021 Cohort

Matthew Larsen is a cultural historian whose work focuses on the lived experiences of Jewish and Christian communities in classical and late antiquity. He came to Princeton from a teaching position at Yale University, where he also received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies in May 2017. Larsen is the author of the monograph Gospels before the Book (Oxford University Press, 2018), and his work has also been published in the Journal for the Study of Judaism, the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, the Journal of Early Christian Studies (forthcoming), Studies in Late Antiquity: A Journal (forthcoming), and various other venues. His research and teaching interests include ancient writing and reading cultures, carceral studies, ancient medicine, material culture, and approaching religions as constellations of embodied practices. He is currently working on writing a cultural history of early Christians and incarceration.