Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Faculty & Staff Directory

Emily Cain, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 431

Phone: 773.508.2201


CV Link: Cain CV

External Webpage: https://luc.academia.edu/EmilyCain


Emily Cain completed her Ph.D at Fordham University (2016) in the History of Christianity and her M.Div at Princeton Theological Seminary (2007). Her primary area of research is Christian Late Antiquity and its intersection with the Greco-Roman World. Specifically, she examines philosophical and medical texts about sensory perception to rethink the ways in which early Christian authors understood their relationships to the world, to the divine, and to the other through visual metaphors. Her research is tied together around the central themes of ancient conceptions of the body, rhetoric, and power/agency. She is always interested in what lies beneath the surface, so to speak, as she seeks to uncover assumptions that both authors and readers bring to ancient texts.


PhD, Fordham University (New York City)

MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ)

BA, John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR)

Program Areas

Systematic Theology

Research Interests

Christianities in Late Antiquity, Mystical Theologies, Epistemology, Gender and Sexuality in Late Antiquity


Selected Publications

Forthcoming: “Mystical Wounds: Eastern Patristic Authors on the Song of Songs” in Timothy Robinson (ed), Song of Songs in Christian Spirituality. Companion to the Song of Songs in Christian History. Leiden: Brill.

Forthcoming: “Perfected Perception: Knowledge of God in Clement of Alexandria” to Studia Patristica.

“Tertullian’s Precarious Panopticon: A Performance of Visual Piety.” Journal of Early Christian Studies. 27.4 (Winter 2019), 611-633.

“Medically Modified Eyes: A Baptismal Cataract Surgery in Clement of Alexandria.” Studies in Late Antiquity. 2.4 (Winter 2018), 491-511.