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Alex Ayris

Email: alexander.a.ayris@vanderbilt.edu

Cohort: 2013

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Alex Ayris will begin his Ph.D. studies in the Religion Department and a fellowship in the T+P program in the fall of 2013. His concentration is in the History of Christianity with a focus on the Reformation. His interests, broadly speaking, are the religious, intellectual, and social history of Reformation Europe and the intersection of these disciplines. More specifically, Reformation theology and intellectual thought, and how it affected the social structures of the times, in particular the governing bodies. He is also interested in the study of the interactions between the geographic reformations, the trajectory of the Reformation, and the differentiations between orthodoxy and heterodoxy during this time. Because the early modern European landscape was dominated by the Christian church, he is interested in exploring connections between thought and praxis during the Reformation.

I am beginning my Ph.D. studies in the fall of 2013 in the Religion Department where I will also be a fellow in the T+P program. I will be in the History of Christianity track with a focus on the Reformation. My primary interests are the religious, intellectual, and social history of Reformation Europe and the intersection of these disciplines. More specifically, my interests center on Reformation thought and how it affected the social structures of the times, in particular the governing bodies. I am also drawn to the study of the interactions between the geographic reformations, the trajectory of the Reformation, and the differentiations between orthodoxy and heterodoxy during this time.

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