Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu

Lecturer in Church History and Doctrine and Tutor in Medieval 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, and in 2020 organised a conference titled “Time and the creation of the world in the texts of authors who lived in Late Antiquity” and was the plenary speaker. The event, on May 2, 2020,  was supposed to take place at Wolfson College but had to be held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.


  • Byzantine Studies
  • Theology and Philosophy of Byzantium
  • Hagiography in Byzantium
  • South-Eastern Europe, especially Romania
  • Byzantine Cappadocia
  • Early Christianity, especially Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Nazianzen, and Dionysius the Areopagite

Media experience

I have given various talks on the radio.

Listen to one of my talks in Oxford here.

A recording of the article “Common elements within the writings of Gregory of Nyssa and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite” was posted on YouTube by the International Association of Patristic Studies/Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques (AIEP/IAPS) -  watch online here. (Read the written version of the text here.)