Crandall Hires New Religious Studies Professor

June 13, 2024

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Crandall Hires New Religious Studies Professor

Crandall University is excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Alexander (Alexi) Chantziantoniou as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Alexi obtained his MA in Theological Studies (New Testament) from Regent College, Vancouver, and a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies (New Testament) from the University of Cambridge, UK. In addition to his educational achievements, Alexi worked as an Affiliated Lecturer and Undergraduate Supervisor in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and Honorary PhD Scholar at The Woolf Institute.

Alexi’s area of interest is in ancient Mediterranean religion, with a focus on early Judaism and earliest Christianity (especially Paul) in their Greek and Roman contexts, drawing from theoretical advances in classical art history, cognitive archaeology, and material culture studies. His research explores the intersection between divinity and materiality in Mediterranean antiquity, with special reference to images of the gods, including statues, paintings, iconic books, and other forms of visual art and iconography.

His dissertation, entitled “Paul and the Politics of Idolatry: Ancient Mediterranean Cult Images and Iconic Ritual in the Letters of Paul,” reexamines Jewish polemics against images of foreign gods (so-called “idols”), and he is currently working on a second monograph that interrogates positive mythmaking about images of the Jewish god (so-called “icons”). Alexi has forthcoming articles in top journals such as the Journal for the Study of Judaism, the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. He is co-editor of Paul within Paganism, a collection of essays from leading and rising scholars that reinstates the apostle Paul within the wider world of ancient Mediterranean religion, forthcoming with Fortress Press.

“I look forward to joining the Religious Studies department at Crandall University, and especially excited by the diverse demographic of its student body,” shared Alexi. “I am delighted at the opportunity to serve students from a range of different backgrounds, religious and otherwise, representing a wide spectrum of life experiences and perspectives. At Crandall, I am committed to collaborating with faculty to support students at all walks of life as they continue to develop their own voices and views on any number of pressing issues.”

“Our fulsome search for a Religious Studies faculty member included the consideration of several top applicants,” said Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Jon Ohlhauser. “I am thrilled that the conclusion of our process led us to welcoming Dr. Alexander Chantziantoniou to Crandall University. He brings a wonderful mix of excellent teaching, research, and student pastoral interest to his position, and I know it will not take long for our community to experience and appreciate his wonderful contributions.”

Alexi is coming to Crandall with his wife, Jess, and their two children, Jack and Charlie. “Having lived in Halifax for five years when I was a child,” he expressed, “it will be a pleasure to return to the Maritimes some three decades on, now with children of my own.”

Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, offering degree programs in Arts, Science, Business Administration, Education, and Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

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