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George Carras

Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

For more than 25 years, George Carras has held positions in higher education as faculty member, academic administrator, college dean, associate provost, development director, and sponsored-research director. At Washington and Lee University, Carras holds the positions of director of corporate and foundation relations and director of faculty grants as well as professor of classical studies (Department of Classics) and senior research fellow in religion (Department of Religion); for three years (2004-2007) Carras was the university's first associate provost.

Besides holding a doctorate from Oxford University, he served for seven years as a faculty member, college dean, academic tutor, and director of studies in theology at Oxford. For two years, he held the Denyer Johnson Research Fellowship (studentship) in Theology and the Hall-Houghton Research Fellowship (studentship) in Biblical Studies. He was a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Near Eastern Studies Department and pursued further studies at the Universities of Cambridge, Zurich and Vienna. He also has held teaching positions at the University of Virginia, Gonzaga University, University of British Columbia (UBC) at an international graduate school of theology affiliated with UBC in Vancouver, Canada, and taught for the University of London.

He has presented academic papers and published articles primarily in the field of early Christianity and ancient Judaism within the Classical and Hellenistic world. His teaching includes the fields of classical studies, Jewish studies and early Christianity. He has two books to be published, by Oxford University Press and Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands. He has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. Honors), University of Manchester, England (M.A.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.). Carras also held an honorary Oxford M.A. degree.

Carras has regular research affiliations at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK including Visiting Scholar in the Divinity Faculty at Cambridge, an associate senior member of Christ Church College, Oxford, Research Associate, Faculty of Classics, Oxford and an Official Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge. Since summer 2007, Carras has been a permanent member and visiting scholar, Center for Research on Religion (CREOR), Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.

During summer 2009, he was a research scholar at Princeton University and guest of the Religion Department working on the project "Flavius Josephus in Flavian Rome." During the summer 2010, George continues this research as a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and Stanford in the Departments of Classics and is also associated with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford and the Richard C. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

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Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations
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Lexington, VA 24450