The Catholic University of America

Robin Darling Young, Ph.D. 
– Associate Professor of Spirituality




Robin Darling Young (BA, Mary Washington College; MA, PhD, University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Spirituality.  She has published and lectured widely on topics in the history of early Christianity and its thought, including the areas of scriptural interpretation, the history of asceticism and monastic thought, and the Christian cultures of ancient Syria and Armenia. 

Professor Darling Young is currently preparing an annotated translation of the Letters of Evagrius of Pontus from the surviving Syriac translation for the Fathers of the Church series (CUA Press), and directing a translation team that will produce English translations from the Greek texts and Syriac translations of the same author’s Gnostic Trilogy (Praktikos, Gnostikos, Kephalaia Gnostika) for Oxford University Press.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6896
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Early Christianity

  • Patristic Theology

  • Eastern Christianity (Greek, Syriac, Armenian)

  • Monasticism

Latest Publications

“Problems in the Syriac Translation of the Letters of Evagrius of Pontus,” in Syriac Voices, ed. Maria Doerfler and Kyle Smith (Oxford?: 2014)

“Contemplation in the Letters of Evagrius of Pontus,” Studia Patristica XV ?? ed. Monica Tobon and Markus Vinzent (Peeters: Leuven, 2013)


HSTR 101 God's Word in Human Words

TRS 758 The Formation of Christian Martyrdom



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