Current IOCS PhD Scholars

Kidist Bahru Gemeda

In 2015, a master’s class discussion on the Hebrew term למה (“why”) inspired Kidist to study the questions posed to God in the book of Psalms. Her MTh thesis on “Ethiopic Reception of Gen 3:16” furthered her acquaintance with the Andəmta commentary, which is a traditional Ethiopian Commentary of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. In her Ph.D. project, entitled “Questions Posed to God in the Andəmta Commentary of Psalms,” her passion for this traditional commentary meets with her curiosity about the questions addressed to the Lord in the book of Psalms. Presently, Kidist is engaged with this research under the supervision of Dr Ralph Lee (Research Associate IOCS, Research Associate SOAS University of London – Primary Supervisor) and Prof James Aitken (Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge – Secondary Supervisor).

Jeremy Ingpen

After a career in management consulting and affordable housing, Jeremy N. Ingpen (BA, Oxford, Modern History; MA, Reading, European Studies) started translating the work of French Orthodox theologian Olivier Clément in 2013. His translations include Clément’s Transfiguring Time, 2019, Michel Evdokimov’s Two Martyrs in a Godless World, 2021, and Clément’s Dialogues with Patriarch Athenagoras, 2022. He is pursuing a post-career doctorate on the life work of Olivier Clément, with the working title The Face is the Prophecy of the Kingdom: an introduction to the work of Olivier Clément. His supervisors are Elizabeth Theocritoff and Pantelis Kalaitzidis.

Joseph Matlak

My doctoral research is focused on the relationship between celibacy, marriage, and the ministerial priesthood in Eastern and Western Christianity. I developed an interest in the history and theology of Eastern Christianity while completing a BA in Ancient History at King’s College London, and I began to appreciate the importance of my current research while completing a Masters of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. The hope for my research is that it will provide a positive theological contribution to ongoing ecumenical dialogue between Eastern and Western Christianity.