Zachary Guiliano is a Ph.D. candidate in medieval history at St. John’s College (University of Cambridge) and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. His academic interests include patristic exegesis, the relationship between the Church and political authority, and the role of scriptural interpretation (particularly allegorical exegesis) in ethical formation. His current research intersects with all these topics, as it examines the use of scriptural commentaries promulgated by royal and ecclesiastical elites during the Carolingian period, with an emphasis on the reception of the Venerable Bede’s exegesis.
Before his arrival at Cambridge, Zachary completed his B.A. in biblical studies at Evangel University, and he earned his M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School. During his time at Harvard, he served as the Kellogg Fellow at the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard, preaching regularly and providing opportunities for Christian formation. He is the author of several articles and short essays, as well as co-editor, with Charles M. Stang, of The Open Body: Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology (Peter Lang, 2012), which appears in the new Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology series, edited by C.K. Robertson.
He and his wife, Melissa, are natives of Peoria, Illinois, that most normal of American towns. They made their way to Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church via a long pilgrimage through nearly every other Christian denomination, beginning with the Assemblies of God, a process which has given them a healthy regard for ecumenism, a love for good liturgy, and a significant appetite for theological discussion. They are, as well, studied practitioners of the culinary arts.