Ian Jones

Lecturer in Church History

Ian Jones is a Ph.D. candidate in Theology at Fordham University, writing his dissertation on Greek and Latin patristic understandings of animals and human dominion over them. Under the direction of Dr. George Demacopoulos, he aims to articulate a patristic-based ethical vision for the treatment of animals today. While at Fordham, Mr. Jones has taught several semesters of "Faith and Critical Reason" to undergraduate students. He graduated from St. Vladimir's Seminary in May 2009, having written an M.A. thesis titled, "Divine Grace and the Human Will in St John Cassian's Thirteenth Conference." Prior to pursuing theological studies, Mr. Jones practiced as an attorney in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, and served as a law clerk in federal district court in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This academic year, he will teach courses at St. Vladimir's on "The History and Theology of the Church from Origins to the Medieval Period," and "Christian Ethics and Ecology."


Ph.D.: Fordham University (Bronx, NY), in Theology, expected May 2015
M.Phil.: Fordham University (Bronx, NY), in Theology, May 2013
M.A.: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Yonkers, NY), in Theology, May 2009
J.D.: University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, VA), May 2002
B.A.: Baylor University (Waco, TX), in Political Science (with Philosophy minor), May 1999


"Humans and Animals: St Basil of Caesarea's Ascetic Evocation of Paradise." Studia Patristica 67, vol. 15 (2013): 25-31


“Gender, Economics, and Abortion in the Asian and American Contexts.” Lecture to St. Ambrose Society, Pro-Life Student Association at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New York, December 2012. Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.
Lecture and discussion regarding patristic views of animals and contemporary ethical concerns. Presented at St. Herman Theological Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska, April 2012.
Humans and Animals: St Basil of Caesarea’s Ascetic Evocation of Paradise. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford University, Oxford, England, August 2011.
Duties of a Steward: Sts. Basil the Great and John Chrysostom on the Moral Value of Animals. Paper presented at the Seventh Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristics, sponsored by the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, March 2011.

Teaching Experience: 

Fordham University, Theology 1000: "Faith and Critical Reason," Fall 2011 - Fall 2012

Other Work Experience: 

Fordham University, Bronx, NY: Graduate Assistant, Fall 2009 – Fall 2012.
Adams and Reese LLP, Jackson, MS: Associate Attorney, Commercial Litigation, January 2004 - August 2007.
United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, Cheyenne, WY: Law Clerk to the Honorable Clarence A. Brimmer, November 2002 - November 2003.