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Brief Biography of

Matthew Wade Ferguson


Name: Matthew Wade Ferguson

Born: 1987


  • Doctoral candidate, Classics, University of California-Irvine, 2012-present
  • M.A. Classics (emphasis in Ancient History), University of Arizona, 2012
  • B.S. Economics, University of Arizona, 2010

Awards & Scholarships:

  • Brunner and Berkowitz Graduate Award in Classics, June 2016
  • UCI Enhanced Dean's Fellowship, September 2012 – May 2018
  • Hellenic Cultural Foundation Scholarship, April 2011
  • Helen Roberti Scholarship, August 2010 – May 2012
  • Rombach Institute Outstanding Student Award, October 2006
  • UofA Wildcat Excellence Scholarship, August 2005 – May 2009


  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society for Classical Studies
  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association


Dissertations & Theses:

  • M.A.: Thematic Rings and Structure in Suetonius' De Vita Caesarum
  • Ph.D.: The Gospels as Greek Popular-Novelistic Biographies: Blending History with Myth (expected completion in 2019)


Research Areas: Greek and Latin historiography, ancient biography, the New Testament, early Christianity, the Roman Empire, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, atheism, naturalism, secularism.

Interests: I am a progressive political activist, blogger, debater, and advocate for the secularization of philosophy and the humanities in higher education.

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