Sean Griffin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Sean Griffin is an early medieval historian and religious theorist. His research focuses on the history of religion, historiography, technologies of rule, Christian liturgy, textual criticism, and the digital humanities. He is currently finishing work on his first monograph, Byzantine Liturgy and the Making of the Rus Primary Chronicle, which is scheduled for publication with Cambridge University Press in 2018. In the book, Griffin uncovers the liturgical origins of Slavic historiography, and shows that the myth of origins for Rus, a myth promulgated even today by the Russian Orthodox church, originated in the liturgical services of the Byzantine Empire. In 2014, Griffin earned his Ph.D. from UCLA. He was most recently a VolkswagenStiftung fellow at Westfälische Wilhems-Universität in Münster, Germany, and before that he spent time as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

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