Brief Biography of

Richard Carrier


Name: Richard Cevantis Carrier


Birth Date (YYYY.MM.DD): 1969.12.01

Occupation: Author


  • B.A. History (minor in Classical Civilization), UC Berkeley (1997)
  • M.A. Ancient History, Columbia University (1998)
  • M.Phil. Ancient History, Columbia University (2000)
  • Ph.D. Ancient History, Columbia University (2008)



  • Richard Carrier is the author and contributor to several books.
  • See Richard Carrier's personal Writings Catalogue for the various indexes and lists of his writings online and in print, including a PDF list of his academic print publications.

Military Service:

  • United States Coast Guard: 2 years (1990-1992). Achieved the rank of Petty Officer Third Class (E-4), qualified marksman, flight-deck firefighter, damage control petty officer, duty gunner's mate, and sonar technician (electronics, anti-submarine warfare). Served aboard the USCGC Sherman (Alameda), patrolled Alaskan, arctic, and international waters. National Service Medal. Navy Letter of Commendation. Honorable discharge at the convenience of the government.

Religious Background:

  • Parents were freethinking Methodists (mother was church secretary)
  • Went to Sunday School, and to church on holy days
  • Philosophical Taoist at the age of 15
  • Atheist (Secular Humanist) at the age of 21
  • Extensive study of philosophy and world religions, formal and informal


  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Latin
  • Greek (Ancient)

Marital Status:

  • Married to Jennifer Robin Paynter (now Carrier) since 1995.

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