Kyle Harper is a historian of the classical world and the Senior Vice President and Provost at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Letters from OU and then received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2007.
His first book was published by Cambridge University Press as Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425. The book was awarded the James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association and the Outstanding Publication Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. His second book, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality was published by Harvard University Press in 2013 and received the Award for Excellence in Historical Studies from the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Harper’s third book, The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire, will appear from Princeton University Press in the Fall of 2017. The book argues that climate change and pandemic disease were integral to the fall of the Roman Empire.
In 2015 Dr. Harper was named OU's Senior Vice President and Provost, serving as the Chief Academic Officer of the Norman Campus. In this role, he provides leadership in pursuit of OU’s core goals of student success, faculty impact, and community engagement.
A committed teacher, Dr. Harper offers a range of courses on ancient history and early Christianity.