Session Moderator and Chair

George E. Demacopoulos

Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University
Bronx, New York

Dr. George E. Demacopoulos is Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University. Along with Aristotle Papanikolaou, he is co-founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center and co-editor of the Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies.

Dr. Demacopoulos received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. His research and teaching interests are in the History of Christianity during ancient and medieval periods. Although he has published on a wide-range of topics, his primary focus lays in the interaction between Eastern and Western Christian communities throughout history. He has written three books: Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First-Man of Rome (University of Notre Dame Press); The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press); and Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church (University of Notre Dame Press). He has also published dozens of scholarly articles in premier academic journals, including the Journal of Religion, the Journal of Late Antiquity, and Theological Studies.

In 2010, Dr. Demacopoulos became an Archon of Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of St. Andrew, with the Offikiion, Didaskalos Tous Genous (“Teacher of the Nation”). He also serves on the National Council as Historian of the Order.