Irene is a native of New York and received her BA from Barnard College in Philosophy. She is interested in Late Antiquity and Early Christianity and is currently writing a dissertation on charitable giving by the working classes between Constantine and Justinian. The project examines the theology, philosophy, and most importantly, practices of giving as they bear on the long transition between civic euergetism and tithing, finding in Charity an early form of normative Christianity in an institutional context. Irene is proud to have been a preceptor of Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum at Columbia, and is currently a predoctoral Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. When not working on her dissertation or teaching, Irene enjoys travel, cats, slow food, embroidery and scuba diving. Email Irene SanPietro.