My research explores the constituent books of the New Testament both as a written texts and as object of reception/interpretation to illuminate the shifting interests and anxieties of Christians living in the first through the fifth centuries CE.


My first book project, currently under development, explores the ways the late antique church of Jerusalem articulated its own identity around the Stephen cycle (Acts 6-8). Canvassing the diverse expressions of the city’s cult to Stephen, it illuminates the city as a cultural site—that is, how the church constructed its biblical past, how it articulated this self-understanding through and around the biblical martyr it selected as a local patron, and how it reproduced this knowledge in texts, monuments, and ritual practices related to the martyr’s cult.

Professional Appointments

  • 2018 Present

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Department of Religious Studies
    Assistant Professor, Ancient Mediterranean Religions

  • 2016 2018

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity

  • 2014 2016

    Yale University

    ISM Fellow in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Related Arts
    Lecturer, Yale Divinity School


  • 2013

    Ph.D., University of Georgia

    Linguistics Program (Historical Indo-European and Semitic)

  • 2009

    M.A., University of Georgia

    Department of Religion

  • 2006

    B.A., Southern Adventist University

    Department of English

Selected Recognition

Southeast Region Nominee, SBL Regional Scholar Award, 2017.

Fellowship, Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016–18.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Center for the Study of Christianity at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2016–17, declined.

Travel Grant, Society of Oriental Liturgy, 2014.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, 2014–16.

Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship, Christ College and Department of Theology, Valparaiso University, 2014–16, declined.

Scholarship, North American Academy of Liturgy, 2013.

Outstanding Teaching Award, in Religion, University of Georgia, 2009.