B.A. Oral Roberts University
M.A. Wheaton College
Ph.D. Wheaton College
Amy Brown Hughes received her Ph.D. in historical theology with an emphasis on early Christianity from Wheaton College in 2013. Her dissertation “‘Chastely I Live for Thee’: Virginity as Bondage and Freedom in Origen of Alexandria, Methodius of Olympus, and Gregory of Nyssa” explores how early Christian virgins contributed substantively to the development of Christology. While at Wheaton, she was privileged to work with the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies, which encourages dialogue about the interplay between our modern world and early Christian texts. Amy also received a M.A. in history of Christianity from Wheaton College (2008) and her B.A. in theology and historical studies from Oral Roberts University (2001). The overarching theme of Amy’s work as a historical theologian is that early Christian writers continue to be fruitful interlocutors in modern discussions of systematic theology and philosophy. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, Trinitarian and Christological thought, Christian asceticism, the intersection of philosophy and theology, early methods of biblical interpretation and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women.
Amy is currently working with Lynn H. Cohick (Wheaton College) on a book for Baker Academic about women in the first through fifth centuries of the Christian tradition: Christian Women in the Patristic World: Influence, Authority and Legacy (2015) and co-authoring a series of essays about early Christian writers with George Kalantzis (Wheaton College) for the early Christianity section of a volume for Protestant readers of the Christian tradition. She is a member of the American Society for Church History and regularly presents papers at the annual meeting of the North American Patristic Society. Amy and her husband Benjie are “foodies” and enjoy the theater—big plays, small plays, musical, Shakespearean, or even musical and Shakespearean.