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I’m an Assistant Professor in Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in the New Testament and its early reception. I have sustained research interests in the Gospel and Epistles of John and the reception of biblical texts, figures, and images in late antiquity.

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Research Areas

  1. New Testament texts through historical, literary, and cultural-historical approaches.

  2. Ritual uses of New Testament texts (lectionary reading, stational liturgy, hymnody).

  3. Martyr cults, feasts, pilgrimage, and relics.

Academic Appointments

2018–

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Classics

2014–16

Yale University

Postdoctoral Associate, Yale ISM
Lecturer, Yale Divinity School

Education

2013

University of Georgia

Ph.D., Linguistics

2009

University of Georgia

M.A., Religion

2006

Southern Adventist University

B.A., English

Awards & Fellowships

Selected awards, honors, grants, and fellowships.

2023

Grant from the CBA

Catholic Biblical Association

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2023

Summer Residency, National Humanities Center

National Humanities Center

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2021

Borden Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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2021

Schwab Academic Excellence Award

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2016–18

Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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2014–15

ISM Fellow in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Related Arts

Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University

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