Christoph Markschies is professor of Ancient Christianity at Humboldt-University in Berlin, president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and president of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. He was born on October 3, 1962 in Berlin. He studied Theology, Classics and Philosophy at the Universities of Marburg, Munich, and Tübingen and at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, and was awarded a doctoral degree (1991) from the University of Tübingen, where he completed his habilitation (post-doctorate) in 1994.
Prof. Markschies served as Chair of Church History at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena from 1994–2000 and at the University of Heidelberg from 2000–2004. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Ancient Christianity at Humboldt-University, Berlin and currently holds that post. During 2006–2010, he served as president of the university.
Prof. Markschies was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Institute for Advanced Studies in 1998–1999 and at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University Jerusalem in 1999–2000. He served as a visiting Fellow at Oxford's Trinity-College in 2009, and as a visiting Fellow at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in 2011. Prof. Markschies is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, the Akademie Gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften in Erfurt, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Europea. He is member of several scientific advisory councils such as the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology as well as a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).
Prof. Markschies was awarded the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania (2007), the University of Oslo (2011), and the Pontifical Lateran University (2017). He received the Leibniz Award of the German National Research Council in 2001.
The numerous publications that he has authored and edited include a variety of introductory course books in his area of expertise.