Kyle Smith is an associate professor of the history of Christianity in the Department of Historical Studies at UTM and the Department for the Study of Religion at UTSG. He is an associate faculty member of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the director of the History of Religions program at UTM. In 2015, he received the University’s inaugural Early Career Teaching Award.
His research focuses primarily on the history of Christianity in Roman Mesopotamia and the Sasanian Persian Empire in the late antique period (ca. 200-650 CE). He has edited and translated several Christian martyrdom narratives from Syriac (a dialect of Palestinian Aramaic), and published a detailed study of the Roman emperor Constantine and the Christians of Persia in 2016. His book called “Cult of the Dead: A Brief History of Christianity” will be published by the University of California Press in November 2022.