Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu | University of Oxford

Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu

Lecturer in Church History and Doctrine and Tutor in Theology & Byzantine Studies


Dr. Elena Ene D-Vasilescu is a Lecturer in Church History and Doctrine.

She teaches and researches in the fields of Byzantine Philosophy/Patristics as well as iconography for the University of Oxford.

Among her latest books are Heavenly Sustenance in Patristic Texts and Byzantine Iconography: Nourished by the Word, Palgrave, 2018, which was an Early Slavic Studies Association Book and Article Prize Winner 2019; Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristic Thought (co-ed. Mark Edwards) and Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2017, and Devotion to St. Anne from Byzantium to the Middle Ages (ed.), Palgrave, 2018.

Dr. Vasilescu has also published articles in collective volumes: The Last Wonderful thing: The icon of the Heavenly Ladder, in Wonderful Things: Byzantium Through its Art, Liz James and Antony Eastmond (eds.), Farnham: Ashgate, 2013, 176-184; Gregory of Nyssa entry in Ph. F. Esler (ed.), The Early Christian World, Routledge, 2017 (first edition 2000), chapter 55; pp. 1072-1087, etc.

Her articles feature in leading journals, for instance, The Journal of Theological Studies, Studia Patristica, Journal of Early Christian History, Byzantinoslavica, and Akropolis. They focus on Patristics, Byzantine and post-Byzantine culture, hagiography, ecclesiastical art.

Dr. Vasilescu has officially been teaching for the Department of Continuing Education since 2011 and will teach teach Byzantine culture in 2020-2021.

Dr. Vasilescu is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.