Carina O. Prestes
Professor of Religion and Biblical Archaeology, The Adventist University Center of São Paulo (UNASP)
Field of Study: Church History (Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion)
Originally from southern Brazil, Carina has had an interest in buildings and constructions all her life. During her undergraduate studies, she was fascinated by the study of ancient civilizations and buildings, which led her into contact with archaeological studies—a great fit for her architectural background. She started her master’s in archaeology, followed by the doctoral program. During her PhD, she has participated in archaeological excavations of a Paleo-Christian site in Sicily, Italy. This exposition to the early Christian world through archaeology has raised in her the awareness of the gap in scholarship about women’s roles in early Christianity. This became her focus of interest and topic of dissertation. The title of her dissertation is “A Portrait of the Leadership of Women in Early Christianity: An Archaeological Study in Light of the Historical and Socio-Cultural Contexts”.