Doug is a historian who investigates the lives of people, cities, and beliefs in the Roman Empire. He is particularly keen on using material culture—the archaeological remains of the past—to recover lost or marginal voices. In all his writing, he highlights how the stories told by this assortment of "stuff" upend many faith-based notions about the past, such as those associated with the rise of Christianity. He holds a special love for the people and city of Rome. You can learn more about his books and scholarship at religiousdirt.com.