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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel J. Kimmel

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PhD Candidate, Texts and Contexts


514 Hall of Languages


  • Degree: Began Ph.D. program in 2018
  • Concentration: Texts and Contexts/ Religions of the Classical and Late Ancient Mediterranean
  • Advisor: Dr. Virginia Burrus

Daniel J. Kimmel (they/them) studies the history of religions in the classical and late ancient Mediterranean (c.500 BCE to 500 CE). Their research interests include the history of Christianity in late antiquity, ancient magical traditions, daemonologies, ritual and rhetoric, and the (ancient) genealogies of the concept of “religion.” They will teach a course on “Ancient Magic” in the Spring of 2022. (B.A., Literature and Religion, Lebanon Valley College, 2014; M.A., Literature, Lehigh University, 2016.)

Daniel is currently serving their third year as the SU Religion Graduate Organization’s Co-President. They have also served three years as a Syracuse University Senator and are currently the SU Graduate Student Organization’s Internal Vice President/Chair of the Senate.

When not working, Daniel enjoys the company of their divinanimal companions, St. Antoni of Guilford (a German shepherd) and St. Sebastian of Bethlehem (a ball python).