Dr. Nathan Howard

Associate Professor




Nathan Howard (Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2005) came to UT-Martin after serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University (2005-2006). Dr. Howard teaches courses in world civilizations, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, late antiquity/medieval Europe, and Renaissance/Reformation. 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. As a doctoral student he received the Baum University-Wide Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Arkansas (2004).


Howard’s current research explores the intersection of textual aesthetics, class, and paideia (classical Greek education) in the ruling elite of the eastern Roman church during late antiquity. His work examines the epistles and saints’ lives composed by late-fourth century bishops from the Roman province Cappadocia (present-day Turkey). 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 and that same year he was awarded a Franklin research grant by the American Philosophical Society for travel related to his project. He has presented his research at numerous professional conferences, including meetings at Oxford (UK), Leeds (UK), Boston, and Chicago.


In 2014, 2012, and 2010 Dr. Howard served as a Lindsay Young 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 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.


Howard’s winning proposal to expand his university library’s collection of books in Late Antiquity earned him the Paul Meek Library Faculty Book Award from UT-Martin in 2015. During his tenure at UT-Martin he has served as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the UTM cross country teams and he has mentored successful University Scholars projects by Charles Busby and Luke Sprague. He also has led or co-led travel studies to Greece, Turkey, and Ireland and his studies have taken him to numerous foreign countries, including Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and most of western Europe.


Courses Taught:
HIST 121 Development of World Civilizations I
HIST 122 Development of World Civilizations II
HIST 320 Ancient Greece
HIST 321 Ancient Rome
HIST 420 Late Antiquity/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:

“Gregory of Nyssa’s Vita Macrinae in the Fourth-Century Trinitarian Debate.” Studia Patristica 67 (2013), 131-142.


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


"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.



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