Alyssa Cady


Alyssa Cady completed her PhD in Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity at Princeton under Professor AnneMarie Luijendijk in May 2022.

Her dissertation seeks to understand how early Christians physically and discursively constructed sacred space and time through the lens of the cult of saints. Alyssa’s research projects have looked at the construction of a sacred landscape in the poetry of Prudentius, the iconographic programs of Late Antique synagogue mosaics, as well as the use of bird and vegetal imagery in monastic manuscripts in Late Antique Egypt. 

Alyssa Cady graduated from Macalester College in 2012 with a B.A. in Classics before obtaining a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, as well as a Masters in Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. Throughout the duration of these programs, she has also worked in academic administration and in education as part of such programs as TRiO Upward Bound, the Edwards Arts Collective and the Freshman Scholars Institute at Princeton University.

Beginning this year, Alyssa will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University in Manhattan in the Religious Studies Department.