I am 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.
My teaching interests, in turn, are similarly broad and include Christian origins, early Christian history, literature, and ritual, as well as Eastern Christianity.
New Testament literature
Cultural History and Reception of New Testament texts
Ritual uses of biblical texts (lectionary reading, stational liturgy, hymnody)
Martyr cults, feasts, pilgrimage, and relics
After completing my Ph.D., I transitioned to the field of New Testament/Early Christianity through fellowships and academic positions at two premier communities for the study of Christian origins—namely, North Carolina’s Research Triangle and Yale University. I currently teach New Testament/Early Christianity at UNC-Chapel Hill.
My doctoral training was focused on historical Indo-European and Semitic linguistics. Through the program, I added or enhanced a number of languages critical to the study of Christianity in the first millennium CE, including Greek, Armenian, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic/Syriac, Gothic, and Old Church Slavic.
Awards & Fellowships
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