The Rev. Dr. Anthony G. Roeber

Rev. Dr. Anthony G. Roeber

The Rev. Dr. Anthony G. Roeber

Professor of Church History


Fr. Anthony Roeber attended the The Pontifical College Josephinum from 1963 to 1969 and earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Denver, a second A.M. and his Ph.D. at Brown University, and his M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the Balamand University, Lebanon. He has taught at the University of Denver, Princeton, Lawrence University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Chicago-Kent Law College, and from 1996 to 2017 at Penn State University, University Park where he served as department head for ten years. He is now Professor Emeritus of Early Modern History and Religious Studies. He served concurrently as Co-Director, Max Kade German-American Research Institute, and Co-Editor of the Max Kade Book Series, PSU Press.

He has held grants and fellowships from American and foreign sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Bar Foundation, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and was 1993 co-winner of the American Historical Association’s John Dunning Prize. The author of some 50 articles, six books, and three edited volumes, his most recent publications include the co-authored Changing Churches: An Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran Theological Conversation (2012) and Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America (2013).


Educational Background

  • B.A. University of Denver
  • M.A. University of Denver
  • A.M.  Brown University
  • Ph.D.  Brown University
  • M.A. Balamand University

Teaching Interests

  • The history of marriage, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant
  • The Orthodox and the Human Rights Tradition
  • Early Modern Europe, legal and religious traditions
  • Orthodox Christianity in the U.S.

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Managing Mixed Marriages: An Orthodox History (in submission)
  • The Rights Revolution in America and Orthodox Christians (in progress)

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

CH 110
CH 344/444

Selected Publications

  • Changing Churches: An Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran Theological Conversation (Eerdmans, 2012)
  • Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America (Eerdmans, 2013)
  • "The Influence of the Orthodox Churches on Western Theologies," in Ulrich Lehner, Richard Muller, and A.G. Roeber, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology (NY and Oxford, 2016), 517-30.
  • "The Bible and Orthodox Christianity," in Paul Gutjahr, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America (New York and Oxford, 2017), 531-41.
  • "Orthodox Christians and the Evangelical Lutheran Tradition," in Derek R. Nelson and Paul R. Hinlicky, eds., The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther (New York and Oxford, 2017), 48-61.
  • "Orthodox Christians, Human Rights, and the Dignity of the Person: Reflections on Charles Malik (1907-1987), forthcoming in Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 70:1 (2018).

Recent Conference Presentations and Activities

  • Presenter, St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess Conference "Renewing the Male & Female Diaconate," Irvine CA, 6-7 October, 2017, "The Diaconate in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America."
  • Presenter, Orthodox Theological Society in America, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, October 26-28, 2017, "Politics, Administration and Primacies: Canon 28 of Chalcedon: Contemporary Ecumenical Implications"