Dr. Candida Moss is an English public intellectual, journalist, New Testament scholar and historian of Christianity, who is the Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. A graduate of Oxford and Yale universities, Moss specializes in the study of the New Testament and martyrdom in early Christianity and ancient history; with particular focus on martyrdom, persecution, disability, enslavement, and other questions to do with marginalized groups. Moss attended Hanford School and The Godolphin and Latymer School. She graduated from Worcester College, Oxford, in 2000 with a B.A.(Hons) in theology. In 2002 she received an M.A.R. in Biblical studies from Yale Divinity School. In 2006, Moss graduated from Yale University with an M.A. and an M.Phil in religious studies, followed by a PhD in religious studies in 2008.
Moss has written three books on martyrdom. Her first, The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom, was the recipient of the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. She is a research associate at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. She is a columnist for The Daily Beast and has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Politico, The New York Times, BBC Online, BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, CNN.com, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Times Higher Education. She served as papal news contributor for CBS News, an academic consultant to the television series The Bible, and as a frequent contributor to the National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, BBC, Discovery, E!, CNN, and Smithsonian Channel.
Moss received the Charlotte W. Newcombe Award from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise from the John Templeton Foundation, and a NEH Summer Seminar Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Hiett Prize and a Religion Newswriters Association award. In 2016 her co-authored book Reconceiving Infertility was shortlisted for the American Academy of Religion Book Prize for Textual Studies. In 2017 her co-authored book Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby was selected as a Publishers Weekly 2017 Best Book in Religion. She was elected a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas in 2013.