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Kyle Harper CV January 2017


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Kyle Harper

660 Parrington Oval, Evans 104

Norman, OK 73019

(405) 325-3221






Harvard University

Doctor of Philosophy, History                                 2007

Master of Arts, History                                           2003


University of Oklahoma

Bachelor of Arts, Letters, summa cum laude                     2001






University of Oklahoma                                                                

Senior Vice President and Provost                            2015-present

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost                 2014-2015

Senior Vice Provost                                      2013-2014

Professor of Classics & Letters                                  2014-present

Associate Professor of Classics & Letters                     2012-2014

Assistant Professor of Classics & Letters             2007-2012

Affiliate Faculty, Department of History                     2015-present





  • Books


Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425 (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

-James Henry Breasted Prize, American Historical Association, 2012

-Outstanding Publication Award, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, 2012


From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013).

-Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion, Historical Studies

-Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year


The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 2017).



  • Articles & Chapters


“The Greek Census Inscriptions of Late Antiquity,” Journal of Roman Studies 98 (2008) 83-119.


“Lire les mutations de l’Antiquité tardive sous le prisme de l’esclavage,” Dialogues d’histoire ancienne 35.1 (2009) 197-208.


“Slave Prices in Late Antiquity (and in the Very Long Term),” Historia: Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte 59.2 (2010) 206-38.


“The Senatus Consultum Claudianum in the Codex Theodosianus: Social History and Legal Texts,” Classical Quarterly 60.2 (2010) 610-38.


“Climate Change during and after the Roman Empire: Reconstructing the Past from Scientific and Historical Evidence,” M. McCormick, Ulf Büntgen, M. Cane, E. Cook, K. Harper, P. Huybers, T. Litt, S. W. Manning, P. A. Mayewski, A. M. More, K. Nicolussi, W. Tegel, Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43 (2012) 169-220.


Porneia: The Making of a Christian Sexual Norm,” Journal of Biblical Literature 131 (2012) 365-85.


“Marriage and Family in Late Antiquity,” in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, edited S. Johnson (Oxford, 2012) 667-714.


“The Transformation of Roman Slavery: An Economic Myth?,” Antiquité tardive 20 (2012) 165-72.


“The End of Roman Slavery and the Idea of Transition,” in Forme di dipendenza nelle società di transizione: Atti del XXXII Colloquio Internazionale G.I.R.E.A., eds. A Pinzone, E. Caliri, R. Arcuri (Messina, 2012) 393-412.


“Geodatabase of Historical Evidence on Roman and Post-Roman Climate,” M. McCormick, K. Harper, A. More, K. Gibson, in M. McCormick et al. (eds.), Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations, (2012) at


“L’ordine sociale costantiniano: schiavitù, economia e aristocrazia,” in Costantino I: Enciclopedia Costantiniana sulla figura e l’immagine dell’imperatore del cosidetto editto di Milano, 313-2013, vol. 1 (Rome, 2013) 369-386.


“Culture, Nature, and History: The Case of Ancient Sexuality,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 55 (2013) 986-1016.


“The Sentimental Family: A Biohistorical Perspective,” American Historical Review, 119, no. 5 (2014) 1547-1562.


“Civilization, Climate, and Malthus: The Rough Course of Global History,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 45, no. 4 (2015) 1-18.


“Landed Wealth in the Long Term: Patterns, Possibilities, Evidence,” in Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World, eds. P. Erdkamp, K. Verboven and A. Zuiderhoek (Oxford, 2015) 43-61.


“Foreword,” Religious Freedom in America: Constitutional Dimensions and Contemporary Challenges, ed. A. Hertzke (Norman, 2015) xi-xiii.


“A Time to Die: Preliminary Notes on Seasonal Mortality in Late Antique Rome,” in eds. C. Laes, K. Mustakallio, V. Vuolanto, Children and Family in Late Antiquity. Life, Death and Interaction (Leuven, 2015) 15-34.


“Pandemics and Passages to Late Antiquity: Rethinking the Plague of c. 249-70 Described by Cyprian,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 28 (2015) 223-60.


“Reply to John Brooke, on Civilization, Climate, and Malthus,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 46, no. 4 (2016) 579-84.


“Christianity and the Roots of Human Dignity in Late Antiquity,” in Christianity and Freedom, Volume I: Historical Perspectives, eds. T. Shah, A. Hertzke (Cambridge, 2016) 123-48.


“The Environmental Fall of the Roman Empire,” Daedalus 145 (2) (2016) 101-111.


With W. Scheidel, “Roman Slavery and the Idea of Slave Society,” What Is Slave Society?, ed. N. Lenski and C. Cameron (forthcoming).


Eleutheria: Slavery, Sexual Honor, and Social Death in Classical Antiquity,” in W. Scheidel, J. Bodel, After Slavery and Social Death (Wiley, 2016) 109-21.


“Another Eye-witness to the Plague Described by Cyprian and Notes on the ‘Persecution of Decius,’” Journal of Roman Archaeology 29 (2016) forthcoming.


“People, Plagues, and Prices in the Roman World: The Evidence from Egypt,” Journal of Economic History 76 (2016) 803-39.


“Geodatabase of Prices, Wages, and Rents in Roman Egypt, AD 1-700,” Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations, (2016) at



  • Book Reviews

Review of T. Urbainczyk, Slave Revolts in Antiquity, in New England Classical Journal 36.2 (2009) 127-9.


Review of Y. Rotman, Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World, in Comparative Studies in Society and History, 52.4 (2010) 948-50.


Review of E. Lo Cascio, Crescita e declino: studi di storia dell’economia romana, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2010.04.28.


“Review Article: Knowledge, Ideology, and Skepticism in Ancient Slave Studies,” (review of N. McKeown, The Invention of Ancient Slavery, U. Roth, Thinking Tools: Ancient Slavery Between Evidence and Models, E. Dal Lago and C. Katsari, (eds.), Slave Systems Ancient and Modern, and Page duBois, Slavery: Antiquity and Its Legacy) American Journal of Philology 132.1 (2011) 160-68.


Review of U. Roth, (ed.), By the Sweat of Your Brow: Roman Slavery in its Socio-economic Setting, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2011.04.09.


Review of L. S. Nasrallah, Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-century Church amid the Spaces of Empire, in Journal of Roman Archaeology 24 (2011) 776-80.


Review of B. Dunning, Specters of Paul: Sexual Difference in Early Christian Thought, in Journal of Late Antiquity 5 (2012) 216-18.


Review of H. Mouritsen, The Roman Freedman, in American Historical Review, 117 (2012) 909-910.


Review of P. R. L. Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2013.02.35.


Review of B. Campbell, Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome, in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 44 (2013) 115-116.


Review of S. Hin, The Demography of Roman Italy, in Journal of Roman Studies, 104 Journal of Roman Studies (2014) 275-6.


Review of P. R. L. Brown, Treasure in Heaven, Journal of Roman Archaeology, 29 (2016) forthcoming.


  • Encyclopedia Entries, etc.

“Predigtliteratur,” Handwoerterbuch der Antiken Sklaverei, ed. H. Heinen, et al. Lieferung I-III (Stuttgart, 2010) s.v. Predigtliteratur.


“Fessel/Fesselung,” Handwoerterbuch der Antiken Sklaverei, ed. H. Heinen, et al., forthcoming.


“Honestiores and humiliores,” “poor, the,” “slave mode of production,” “slave trade,” “slavery and freedom, Roman and post-Roman,” “social distinctions,” “social mobility,” “tenant,” in The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, forthcoming.



  • Works in Progress, Under Review, etc.


“The Gold in the Balance: Gold, Money, and the Minus-Carats Puzzle,” in progress.

“Reconstructing the Roman Climate,” with M. McCormick, in W. Scheidel, ed., The Science of Ancient History, under review.

“Slavery in Late Antiquity,” for Spartacus’s Blood. Stories of Slaves, for Ara Pacis Museum Exhibition, Rome





“The Virtues and Higher Education,” co-PI with Linda Zagzebski and Nicole Campbell, The John Templeton Foundation, CY 2014, $195,000


“The Virtues and Higher Education,” co-PI with Linda Zagzebski, Nancy Snow, Nicole Campbell, Ryan Brown, and Gregg Garn, The John Templeton Foundation, 2015-17, $2,900,000






  • Creator,, open online civic education initiative focused on constitutional history

o   Producer, “Freedom 101,” weekly constitutional history program

o   Producer, “The Story of Freedom in America,” 18-lecture course by Dr. J. Rufus Fears


  • Executive Producer and Writer, “Teach-In on America’s Founding,” one-hour documentary. Aired on OETA (PBS-affiliate) October 2012
  • Executive Producer and Writer, “Teach-In on the Great Depression and WWII,” one-hour documentary. Aired on OETA (PBS-affiliate) October 2013




Stanford University, Classics Department, Visiting Scholar (2015)

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellow (2013)

Institute for Advanced Study, Membership (2013-14) (declined)

American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship (2013-14) (declined)

American Council of Learned Societies, Burkhardt Fellowship (2013-14) (declined)

Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University,

Fellowship (2013-14) (declined)

Radcliffe Institute, Fellowship (2013-14) (declined)

Dumbarton Oaks, Senior Fellowship (2013-14) (declined)

Irene Rothbaum Outstanding Assistant Professor Award (2011)

Non-resident Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor Univ. (2011-)

Scholar-Mentor, Papyri Project, Green Scholars Initiative (2011-)

Faculty Enrichment Grant, University of Oklahoma (2008, 09, 10, 12, 13)

Junior Faculty Research Grant, University of Oklahoma (2009)

Honors College Research Assistant Program Grant (2008, 09, 11, 12, 13)

Small Grant, University of Oklahoma (2008)

Whiting Foundation, Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2006-7)

Dumbarton Oaks, Junior Fellowship (2005-6)

Harvard University, Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2003, 04, 05)

Sosland Family Fellowship, Harvard University (2001-2)

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Oklahoma (2001)

Phillip Nolan Outstanding Letters Senior, University of Oklahoma (2001)

Outstanding Classics Student, University of Oklahoma (2000)

Phillips Foundation, Future Leaders Fellow (2000)

Regents Scholar, University of Oklahoma (1998-2001)





  • Princeton, May 2017
  • Ancient family, Ohio State University, April 7, 2017
  • SBL 2016
  • Chicago October 2016
  • “Quantifying Pandemic Mortality,” Yale University, May 2016
  • “The Christianization of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity,” University of Freiburg, December 2015
  • “Roman Slavery from the 2nd-6th CE. Continuities and Transformations,” LMU München, December 2015
  • “The Environmental Fall of the Roman Empire,” University of Indiana, November 2015
  • “Christianity and the Secularization of Sex,” Baylor University, November 2015
  • “Taking the Plague of Cyprian Seriously,” Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, November, 2015
  • “The Origins of Human Rights: The Long View,” University of Missouri, February 2015
  • “Rethinking the Plague of Cyprian: Pandemics and Passages to Late Antiquity,” Princeton University, December 2014
  • “From Paganism to Prudery and Back Again? What Difference Did Christianity Make in the History of Sex,” University of South Carolina, October 2014
  • “From Paganism to Prudery and Back Again? What Difference Did Christianity Make in the History of Sex,” Vanderbilt University, October 2014
  • “The Interaction of Climate Change and the Disease Regime in the Roman Empire,” Environmental History Workshop, Columbia University, May 2014
  • “Rights, Dignity, and History: Late Antiquity and Human Rights,” Christianity and Freedom, Vatican City, December 2013
  • “Disease, Population, and the Fall of the Roman Empire: A Biohistory,” Encounters of Science and History, Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard University, November 2013
  • “Slave Society and Late Antiquity,” delivered at What Is Slave Society?, University of Colorado, Boulder, September 2013
  • “Population, Disease, Climate: The Significance of Late Antiquity,” Crossing Boundaries: Ancient History Explores its Future, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, December 2012
  • “Debt, Slavery, and Institutions of Power between Antiquity and the Middle Ages,” Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity Workshop, Princeton, December 2012
  • “The Sentimental Nuclear Family: A Biohistorical Approach,” workshop on Biology and History, UCLA, August 2012
  • “’Gold, A Hard-Working Slave’: Banking and Finance in Late Antiquity,” XVIth World Economic History Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 2012
  • “A Time to Die: Seasonal Mortality in Late Antique Rome,” Roman Family VI conference, Villa Lante, Rome, May 2012
  • “Slavery, Sexual Honor, and Social Death in Classical Antiquity,” Brown University, “Understanding Slavery Thirty Years after Slavery and Social Death,” April 2012
  • “Christian Sexuality and Socially-Imposed Monogamy: the Cultural Mediation of Sexual Competition,” Santa Fe Institute Working Group, “Cultural Processes That Give Rise to Social Monogamy,” Santa Fe, February 2012
  • “From Shame to Sin: Social Aspects of the Christianization of Sex,” Princeton University History Department, February 2012
  • “The End of Roman Slavery… Without Karl or Max,” Institute for Classical Studies, London, February 2012
  • “From Shame to Sin: Social Aspects of the Christianization of Sex,” Cambridge University, Department of Classics, January 2012
  • “The Science of Deep History: The Case of Monogamy,” TEDxOU conference, Norman, January 2012
  • “From Shame to Sin: The Christianization of Sexuality in Late Antiquity,” University of Missouri, October 2011
  • “Patterns of Landed Wealth in the Long Term,” Roman Society Research Center Colloquium, “Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World,” Brussels, May 2011
  • “From Roman to Byzantine Slavery… Without Marx or Weber,” History Department, Harvard University, February 2011
  • “The End of Roman Slavery… Without Marx or Weber,” History Department Colloquium, University of California, Berkeley, December 2010
  • “Nature and Culture in the Study of Ancient Sexuality,” Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley, December 2010
  • “Marriage and Family in Late Antiquity: What Did Christianity Change?,” panel keynote, International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Tartu, Estonia, July 2010
  • “The New Coordinates of the Slave Trade in Late Antiquity: Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East,” American Historical Association, January 2010
  • “Jesus, Paul, and Pagan Impostors: Narrative Imitation in the Roman Empire,” Classical Association of the Middle West and South, March 2010 and OU Department of Modern Languages, Faculty Lecture Series, November 2009
  • “Climate and Economy in Late Antiquity: The Eastern Mediterranean,” Climate Change and the Fall of the Roman Empire, Dumbarton Oaks, April 2009
  • “Shame and Sin: A Contrast of Cultures in Late Roman Fiction,” University of Oklahoma, Medieval Brown-Bag Presentation; annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 2009; Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity VIII, Bloomington, IN, April 2009
  • “Honor and Shame in the Talmud: Echoes of Greek Romance in Avodah Zarah 18,” University of Oklahoma, Jewish Studies Program Brown-Bag Series, March 2009
  • “The End of Ancient Slavery,” Washington and Lee University, May 2008, invited lecture
  • “Greek Census Inscriptions: Dating and Context,” Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 2008.





Origins of Christianity: Jesus to Augustine

Law & Justice in Greece and Rome

Literature and the Meaning of Life: The Ancients

Deep History: Biology, Anthropology, History

Fall of the Roman Empire

Roman Civilization

Greek Civilization

Introductory Latin

Slavery in Greek and Roman Antiquity





Director, Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, 2009-2015

Campus Curriculum Reform Committee (2012-)

Chair, Curriculum Committee Task Force (2012-)

Religious Studies Core Faculty (2008-)

Campus Digital Initiatives Committee (2012-)

University Admissions Oversight Committee (2012-)

Department of Classics and Letters, Curriculum Committee (2007-)

(Chair, 2008-9)

Department of Classics and Letters, Scholarships Committee (2007-)

Search Committees

Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty (2013)

Dean of University Libraries (2011-2)

Classics and Letters, IACH faculty search (2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

“Origins of Christianity” (2008, 09, 10, 11)

“Law and Justice” (2011, 13)

“Fall of the Roman Empire” (2012)

“The Great Books: Heroes” (2013-14)

“The Environmental Fall of the Roman Empire” (2015)

President, Alpha of Oklahoma Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa (2009-10)

Vice-President, Alpha of Oklahoma Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa (2008-9)

Faculty Senate Library Committee (2010-2)

Department Library Liaison (2008-2012)

Steering Committee, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2009-2013)

OU Camp Crimson, Namesake (July 2011)

Classics Day lecturer, University of Oklahoma (2007-)

OU Undergraduate Colloquium, Judge (2008)

Manuscript review, OU Press (2008-); Cambridge University Press (2013-)

Organizer/Moderator, “Classics Movie Series” (2010)

Faculty Advisor, Delta Tau Delta (2012-)





Ancient Greek, Latin, Italian, German, French, Arabic



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