Bernadette McNary-Zak

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
(901) 843-3578

Bernadette McNary-Zak received her B.A. in Religious and Classical Studies, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY). She received her M.A. in Religion and Culture from the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.). Her Ph.D. is from the University of Toronto, Centre for the Study of Religion, where her area of concentration was Early Christianity with a focus on Christian ascetic and monastic behavior in the later Roman Empire. She received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2011.


Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus: The James Ossuary Controversy and the Quest for Religious Relics, co- edited with Ryan Byrne (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). 

Useful Servanthood: A Study of Spiritual Formation in the Writings of Abba Ammonas, with the Greek corpus in  English translation by Nada Conic, Lawrence Morey, and Richard Upsher Smith, Jr. (Cistercian Publications, 2010). 

Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies, co-edited with Rebecca Todd Peters (Oxford University Press, 2011).

“A Call to Asceticism: Receiving the Life of Antony,” Coptica 13 (2014): 51-64.

“Christine de Pizan’s Vision for the Exemplary Parenting of Mother Marina,” Cithara 54.1 (2014): 3-20


Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., Catholic University of America
B.A., University of Rochester