Dr. Nathan Howard

Associate Professor




NOTE: Dr. Howard is on research leave for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Nathan Howard (Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2005) came to UT-Martin after serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University (2005-2006). In 2010 Dr. Howard was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Southeastern Medieval Association and in 2010 he also received the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UT-Martin. His current research addresses the function of cultural capital in the church and state leadership of bishops in late-Roman Cappadocia (present-day Turkey). Dr. Howard was awarded a Reagan Research Leave by UT-Martin for the 2013-2014 academic year to work on a book manuscript based on this study. He has been awarded a research grant for 2013-2014 by the American Philosophical Society for travel related to his project.


In 2012 and 2010 Dr. Howard served as a Summer Fellow at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In 2007 Howard won an N.E.H. Summer Institute Fellowship to attend a seminar held at Notre Dame University, "Early Christianity and the Path to Islam: The Middle East Between Rome and Persia." He received the 2004 Edith Whitehead Williams Prize for best paper in medieval history (awarded by the Southeastern Medieval Association) and published this piece in Medieval Perspectives. He won a Mellon Fellowship in 2003 to use the Vatican Microfilm Library at St. Louis University.


Dr. Howard serves as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the UT-Martin cross country team (2006-present). His studies have taken him to numerous foreign countries, including Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and most of Europe. In May 2013 he led a travel study to Ireland and in May 2011 and 2009, he led travel studies to Greece and Turkey.


Courses Taught:
HIST 121 Development of World Civilizations I
HIST 121H Honors Development of World Civilizations I
HIST 122    Development of World Civilizations II
HIST 320 Ancient Greece
HIST 321 Ancient Rome
HIST 420 Late Antiquity and Medieval History
HIST 421 Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 468 Travel Study (Greece and Turkey)
HIST 499   Historical Research and Writing
GRK 110 Elementary Greek


Select Publications:

"Preserving Family Honour: Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Macrina as Theological Polemic." In Approaches to the Byzantine Family, eds. Leslie Brubaker and Shaun Tougher, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), 91-108.


"Gifts Bearing Greekness: Epistles as Cultural Capital in Fourth-Century Cappadocia." Journal of Late Antiquity 6:1 (Spring 2013), 37-59.


"A Sacred Eloquence: The Literary Legacy of the Cappadocian Fathers in Western Europe, 400-1600." The Patristic and Byzantine Review 29 (2011), 61-80.


"Familial Askêsis in the Vita Macrinae.'' Studia Patristica 47 (Leuven: Peeters, 2010), 33-38.



Brief Curriculum Vitae (click here for link to PDF Document "NDHBriefCV")



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