Professor Ilaria Ramelli, FRHistS, earned two MAs (Classics with Specialisation in Early Christianity and Philosophy with Historical Specialisation), a PhD (Classics and Early Christianity, 2000), a further Doctorate (honoris causa), and a postdoctorate (Late Antiquity and Religion), as well as two Habilitations to Full Professor / Ordinarius / W3 (History of Philosophy and Classics-Greek). In the last twenty years she has been, among other appointments, Young Researcher in Late Antiquity, Assistant in Roman History, Professor of Roman Near Eastern History, and Fellow in Ancient Philosophy, with focus on Ancient, Late Antique, and Patristic philosophy (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, 2003–present), as well as Senior Research Fellow in Ancient and Patristic Philosophy (Durham University), Senior Visiting Professor of Greek Thought at Harvard Divinity School and Boston University, Senior Visiting Professor of Church History, Senior Research Fellow - Gastprofessorin in Religion (Erfurt University, Max Weber Centre), Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Corpus Christi (2015/2016, a senior fellowship), and Senior Fellow at Princeton University (2016-17), besides other senior fellowships and visiting professorships.
She is Full Professor of Theology and K. Britt endowed Chair at the Graduate School of Theology, SHMS (Thomas Aquinas University “Angelicum”), the director of international research projects, and elected Senior Research Fellow at Durham University, IAS (for the second time), at the CEU Institute for Advanced Study, Humboldt-Forschungspreis Fellow at Erfurt University, Max Weber Centre, and Fowler Hamilton Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Christ Church. She has been elected Fellow of the international Forum for Advanced Studies G.Massa, of the Royal Historical Society, of the Humboldt Network of Outstanding Researchers, and of many academic societies.
She received, among many other academic prizes, two Agostino Gemelli Awards (1996; 1997); the Marcello Gigante Classics International Prize sponsored by the President of the Italian Republic and awarded at the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies (2006); the inclusion in Great Minds of the 21st Century (2011) and in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (2011 & 2014); nine Mentions for Distinguished Scholarly Service (2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018), a Marie Curie Award from the European Commission (2016), the Auguste Pavie Prize (Paris, 2017), and a Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation ("Forschungspreis" - 2017), as well as nominations for the SCS Goodwin Award, the Holberg Prize, the Gerda Henkel Prize, an AAR Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, and several endowed chairs at major universities, besides other nominations, mentions, and scientific awards.
She is a member of many directive and scientific boards of scholarly series and journals and of numerous international scholarly associations. She regularly serves as a peer reviewer for prestigious scientific series and journals, and as a scientific consultant in tenure/hiring evaluations for outstanding Universities, as well as in advanced research funding for international scholarly Foundations and first-rate Universities.
She has taught courses and seminars, delivered invited lectures and conferences, and held senior research fellowships and senior visiting professorships in numerous (including topmost) Universities in Europe, North America, and Israel; she has developed courses and study programs, including e-courses, and has never interrupted an intense scholarly activity for over two decades. She has also been, and is, the director of many international seminars, panels, and workshops.
She has authored numerous books, articles, and reviews in world-leading scholarly journals and series, on ancient philosophy, especially Platonism and Stoicism, patristic theology and philosophy, early Christianity (Greek and Latin, but also in part Syriac, Coptic, and Armenian), the New Testament, the reception of Scripture, imperial and late antiquity, ancient religions, classics, and the reception of classical culture in Christianity. She views patristic philosophy (esp. Platonism) as part and parcel of ancient and late antique philosophy, and endeavours to bridge the Philosophy-Theology-Classics divide. She promotes an integrative, but in-depth, study of antiquity and late antiquity, as well as of Philosophy and Theology and their interrelation, both in the past and in contemporary thought.