Aleksandr Butovetskiy is a first-year PhD student in the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the development and persecution of lay and 'heretical' religious movements in the Western Mediterranean throughout the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries, as well as their documentation. Most recently, he has written on the historiography concerning the Cathar movement in Southern France and its relationship with Medieval Franco-Papal propaganda. His academic interests include the History of Christianity, Theology, Heresy, Medieval Christian Dualism, and the Armenian Apostolic Church, as well as additional experience with Russian History, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Old Believers, Zen Buddhism, and Chinese Religion.
Butovetskiy holds BA degrees in History and Religious Studies from Yale University, as well as an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Columbia University. Prior to arriving at Washington University, he was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan, Armenia