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Lou Swift


Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1963
M.A.T. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1958
S.T.B. Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1956
A.B. St. Mary’s University, Baltimore, Md., 1954


Though now retired, he pursues one of his avocations which has to do with the history  of religion and politics in America, and he continues to teach an undergraduate course on this topic.


      2002- 2007 Book Review Editor. Journal of Early Christian Studies

      1996-98 Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

      1990-99 Dean, Undergraduate Studies

      1986-99 Director, University Studies Program

      1982- 2001 Professor, Department of Classics, University of Kentucky


      Light House Award for Promotion of Diversity on Campus, 1999

      Pace Setter Award, National Academic Advisors Association, 1997

            College of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Professor, 1992

Selected Publications:

“Early Christian Views on Violence, War and Peace,” in K.A. Raaflaub, editor, War and Peace in the Ancient World. Blackwell (Oxford, 2007), 279-296.

“Giving and Forgiving: Augustine on Eleemosyna and Misericordia,” Augustinian Studies 32 (2001), 25-36

“Augustine on Fama: the Case of Pinianus,” Nova et Vetera: Studies in Honor of Thomas Patrick Halton, ed. J. Petruccione (Washington 1998) 196-205.

“Tithing” and “Usury” in Encyclopedia of Early Christianity 2nd edition, New York (1997) (also updated entries on “Ambrose” and “Almsgiving.”)

 “Teaching Portfolios at a Research University,” Journal on Excellence in College Teaching 6 (1995)101-115 (co-authored with Joe T. Davis).

“Ambrose” and “Almsgiving” in The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, New York (1990).