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Department of Sociology
725 Spadina Avenue, Room 346
Joseph M. Bryant is a historical sociologist whose research has focused primarily on classical antiquity: its politics, modes of war-making, economic practices, and its cultural achievements in the arts and philosophical inquiry. He is currently engaged in research on the rise of Christianity, seeking to explicate the social forces that enabled an illegal and marginalized religion to weather the storms of persecution, and eventually become the imperial religion of a declining Roman Empire. In addition to substantive interests in comparative world history, Bryant attends to ongoing debates in sociological theory and method, largely in reference to philosophy of science questions and issues.
After completing his PhD, and having served as a post-doctoral fellow and sessional lecturer here at U of T, Bryant accepted a position in Sociology at the University of New Brunswick. In 1999 he returned to the University of Toronto, and is currently cross-appointed in the Department of Sociology and the Department for the Study of Religion.
- RLG 210Y Introduction to the Sociology of Religion
- RLG 446H Politics of Belief in Early Christianity
- RLG 2084H Social Science Approaches to Early Christianity
- SOC 6201H Sociological Theory III: Theory and Method in Historical Sociology
- RLG210Y/SOC250Y Sociology of Religion
- RLG 1000Y Method and Theory in the Study of Religion