Director, Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage
Kyle Harper received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2007. His dissertation will appear as a book, Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425, from Cambridge University Press in 2011. The book is a study of slavery in its essential dimensions—economic, social, and legal—over the final period during which the Mediterranean was united under Roman rule. Dr. Harper's articles and contributions include a study of the Greek census inscriptions of late antiquity (JRS 2008), an analysis of slave prices in the first millennium (Historia 2010), a reconstruction of an important title of the Theodosian Code on mixed-status unions in late antiquity (CQ 2010), and forthcoming works on the meaning of the Biblical term porneia (JBL) and on marriage and family life in late antiquity (in the Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity). His second book, From Shame to Sin: Christianity and the Making of Western Sexuality, is under contract with Harvard University Press.
Dr. Harper teaches a range of courses on Greek and Roman history, early Christianity, late antiquity and ancient law. He also directs OU's Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, an interdisciplinary center for the study of constitutionalism.