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About Me


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.

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Research Areas

  1. New Testament literature

  2. Cultural History and Reception of New Testament texts

  3. Ritual uses of biblical texts (lectionary reading, stational liturgy, hymnody)

  4. Martyr cults, feasts, pilgrimage, and relics

Academic Appointments

After completing my Ph.D., I transitioned to the field of New Testament/Early Christianity through fellowships and academic positions ay Yale University and North Carolina’s Research Triangle. I currently teach New Testament/Early Christianity at UNC-Chapel Hill.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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


Yale University

Lecturer, Yale Divinity School


I completed my doctoral training in an interdisciplinary linguistics program, studying languages critical to the study of Christianity in the first millennium CE.

2013, 2009

University of Georgia

Ph.D., Linguistics (Historical)
M.A., Religion


Southern Adventist University

B.A., English

Awards & Fellowships

Selected awards, honors, grants, and fellowships.


Summer Residency, National Humanities Center

National Humanities Center

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Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Schwab Academic Excellence Award

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University

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