Doug Boin is a historian, teacher, and author. His books include Coming Out Christian in the Roman World, A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity, and the forthcoming The Gatecrasher, an alternate history of the fall of Rome. As a lecturer, Doug speaks both nationally and internationally on history, religion, and cultural heritage. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, Doug has given talks at the State Department before the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and the Pontifical Gregorian University for the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Rome, where his work has taken him for more than two decades. He leads study trips for students and adults throughout Rome and the Mediterranean.
A proud book lover in an age of typed notes and short attention spans, Doug has always been inspired to tell stories differently. He is an advisory board member of the Austin-based social platform OnFaith.co, as well as a board member of the cultural heritage organization, Saving Antiquities For Everyone. His advocacy on behalf of cultural heritage issues has been featured in The International New York Times, and in 2017, he co-organized a panel at South by Southwest on technology and faith. In his talks, Doug focuses on how growing up gay in a Catholic family shaped his work as a writer and as a historian. Audiences will be able to learn how he developed his interest in history, about his love for travel, about his research on marginalized individuals and communities, and about his views of religion today.
Raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, Doug grew up attending Jesuit Catholic schools, where his teachers shaped his interest in writing, storytelling, history, and religion. After studying at Georgetown University, he pursued graduate work on the interaction of pagans, Christians, and Jews in ancient Rome at the University of Texas. Doug has held teaching positions at the University of Texas, Georgetown University, and is currently a historian at Saint Louis University.