Richard Ascough is a Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University. His research and teaching focuses on the history of early Christianity and Greco-Roman religious culture with particular attention to various types of groups. He has published widely in the field with more than forty articles and essays and ten books and has been recognized for his teaching most recently as a 3M Fellow. He also teaches courses on “Religion and Film” and “Religion and Business Ethics,” although is currently serving a three-year sentence as an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Together with Sharday Mosurinjohn, Richard is co-teaching a new course on religion and art that integrates their respective expertise on ancient and contemporary material culture. With a grant from Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, they are researching “threshold concepts” in the study of religion. In their other research collaborations, they are engaged in theory-building in the field of affect using ancient and contemporary artefacts as touchstones.