Stephen Davis is Professor of Religious Studies, specializing in the history of ancient and medieval Christianity, with a special focus on the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. In 2013, he was appointed Master of Pierson College, one of the twelve residential colleges at Yale. Prior to coming to Yale in 2002, Stephen lived in Egypt for four years, where he was professor and academic dean at an Arabic-language theological college in Cairo. He is the author of several books, including The Cult of St. Thecla: A Tradition of Women’s Piety in Late Antiquity (Oxford UP, 2001), and Coptic Christology in Practice: Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt (Oxford UP, 2008). His latest book, Christ Child: Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus, is forthcoming from Yale University Press in early 2014. Since 2006, Stephen has served as the founder and executive director of the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (YMAP), conducting field work and training graduate students at two sites in Egypt: the White Monastery in the south and the Monastery of John the Little in the north. His other upcoming research projects include a collaborative monograph on the YMAP excavations of a monastic residence at John the Little (entitled Dwelling in the Desert), and an invited volume on Monasticism in the Oxford Very Short Introduction series.