EDUCATION

PhD in Religious Studies, field Ancient Judaism, expected 2018
Columbia University, New York, New York
Dissertation: "Rabbis and Money: On the Logics of Giving in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature"
Committee: Beth Berkowitz, Elizabeth Castelli, and Seth Schwartz

MPhil in Religious Studies, 2016
Columbia University, New York, New York
Comprehensive Exams: Second Temple and Rabbinic literature, emphasizing the topics of biblical reception, identity/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, and poverty/charity in Jewish and Christian sources. 

Visiting MA student in Ancient Judaism, 2012-2013
Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, New York

MA in Religious Studies, 2012
Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri
Comprehensive Exams: Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic literature, American Religions

BA in History, Biblical Studies, and Education, 2010
Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

FIELDS OF STUDY & TEACHING

Alpha Chi
American Academy of Religion
Association for Jewish Studies
European Association of Biblical Studies
Society of Biblical Literature
Theta Alpha Kappa

Ancient Judaism and Hebrew Bible
Rabbinic Literature
Dead Sea Scrolls
Early Christianity and New Testament
Religion in the Roman Empire
Religious and Feminist theory

TEACHING EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATION

Courses Taught
July 2017, Barnard College, Pre-College Summer Program
Poverty: From the Bible to Beyoncé

Scholar-in-Residence
March 2017 Colby College, Religion Department, Waterville, ME with stipend. 
Residency in the Department of Religion teaching classes on sectarian Judaism and rabbinic literature.

Lead Teaching Fellow
Fall 2017-Spring 2018, Columbia University with stipend.
Worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning to organize pedagogy workshops.  

Teaching Assistantship
2013-2017, Columbia University with stipend.        
Spring 2017 Dr. Hussein Rashid, Religion and Popular Culture
Fall 2015 Dr. Elizabeth Castelli, Early Christianity
Guest Lectures: “Christian Anti-Judaism” and “The Making of a Canon”
Spring 2016 Dr. Gil Anidjar, God: Introduction to Religion
Fall 2015 Dr. Beth Berkowitz, Introduction to Judaism
Guest Lecture: “Canon and Exegesis”
Spring 2015 Dr. Beth Berkowitz, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Guest Lecture: “Christian Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible”
Fall 2014 Dr. Michael Como, Introduction to East Asian Buddhism

2010-2012, Missouri State University with stipend. 
Dr. Mark Given, Introduction to the New Testament

Teaching Certification
2016    Innovative Teaching Summer Institute, Columbia University, Teaching Center.
2015    “Collaborative Learning Design” Certificate, Columbia University, Teaching Center.
2007    Social Studies Education BA and Certification, State of Missouri.

PUBLICATIONS

Edited Volumes and Encyclopedia
“Digital Humanities for the Study of Religion in Antiquity” in Introduction to Digital Humanities: Research Methods for the Study of Religion, co-authored with Sarah Bond, forthcoming.
“Legion in Film” in Encyclopedia of Biblical Research, forthcoming.
Jochebed in Film” in Encyclopedia of Biblical Research vol 14 (De Gruyter, 2017), 409.

Book Reviews
Review of A Prophet Like Moses: Prophecy, Law, and Israelite Religion by Jeffrey Stackert. Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 25, Iss. 1 (2017): 123-125.
Review of Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity by Julia Watts Belser. Religion (Oct 2016): 1-3.
Review of How the Bible Became Holy by Michael Satlow. Religion Vol. 45, Iss. 2 (April 2015): 293-322.
Review of Abrahamic Religions by Aaron W. Hughes. Religion Vol. 44, Iss. 4 (Fall 2014): 684-686.
Review of The Aroma of Righteousness by Deborah A. Green. Religion Vol. 42, Iss. 4 (Fall 2011): 693-696.

Online Contributions
"Using Harry Potter to Construct a Canon." Ancient Jew Review, August 23, 2017. 
Review of Women and Modesty in Late Antiquity by Kate Wilkinson. Ancient Jew Review, September 1, 2015.
Review of The Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History by Brennan Breed. Ancient Jew Review, April 12, 2015.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS    

Conference Papers
Ma’aser Rishon for Priests and Torah Scholars.” Society of Biblical Literature. Boston, November, 2017.
“Torah and Reciprocity in the Matrona’s Tithe.” Ancient Judaism Regional Conference. New York, March 2017.
“Teaching for the Tithe: Patronage and Gender in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature.” Society of Biblical Literature. San Antonio, November, 2016.
“Playing the Bible: Narrative, Board Games, and the Formation of the Religious Self.” Society of Biblical Literature. San Antonio, November, 2016.
“The Wandering Traveler as Ani: Transient Poverty in Rabbinic Literature.” Columbia Graduate Student Conference. New York, November, 2016.
“Dreaming of Empire: Postcolonialism, Poverty, and Palestinian Rabbinic Midrash.” European Association of Biblical Studies. Leuven, Belgium, July 2016.
“Ancient Jew Review: Traversing Boundaries in the Digital Age.” European Association of Biblical Studies. Leuven, Belgium, July 2016.
“A Study in Canon: Biblical Allusion as Fanfiction.” Society of Biblical Literature. Atlanta, November, 2015.
“When Talking About the Poor Is Not About the Poor.” Shifting Frontiers XI: The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Healthcare in Late Antiquity, Iowa City,   2015.  
“Encounters with the Poor as a Field of Rabbinic Memory.” Association of Jewish Studies, Baltimore, 2014.
“A Generously Imagined World in Tzedakah/Charity Texts.” Graduate College Interdisciplinary Research Forum, Springfield, 2012.

Conferences and Panels Organized and/or Chaired
Chaired/Organized, “Race in Late-Antiquity.” Panel at Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, November 2017.
Co-Organized, "Women, Wiki, and Bible." Workshop at Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, November 2017.
Co-Organized, “Imaginal Worlds: Religion in Speculative and Fan Fiction,” Graduate Student Conference, New York, April 2017.
Chaired/Organized, “‘Feminism is for Everyone:’ Strategizing Pedagogy and Practice.” Panel at Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, November 2016.
Chaired, “Ritualizing Porous Bodies.” Panel at Graduate Student Conference, “Sex and Money,” New York, April 2016.
Chaired, “Canon and the Analytical Study of Religion.” Panel at Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline at Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, November 2016.
Chaired/Organized, “‘A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far:’ Future Avenues of Feminist Scholarship.” Panel at Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, November 2015.
Co-Organized, Ancient Judaism Regional Seminar: Two Day Conference. Columbia University, New York, 2015.
Chaired/Organized, “Disability: Issues in the Academy.” Panel at Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, 2014.

PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

Invited Talks
“Jewish and Christian Charity in a Roman Context.” Beth Israel Congregation, Waterville: Maine, 2017.
“Considerations of Class in Parsha Terumah and the Giving of Mishloach Manot.” Beth Israel Congregation, Waterville: Maine, 2017.
“Charity as a Mitzvah.” Congregational Church, Waterville: Maine, 2017.
“Digital Humanities for Graduate Students.” Department of Religion, University of Michigan, 2015.
“The Jewish Background of Jesus.” West End Collegiate Church, New York, 2013.
“Jeremiah 29 and His Letter to the Exiles.” Evangel University, Springfield, 2011. 

DIGITAL HUMANITIES

Co-founder, Executive Editor, and Designer of Ancient Jew Review (AJR), a non-profit web journal devoted to the study of ancient Judaism. In this respect, AJR showcases and curates scholarship from a wide range of fields, including Hellenistic, Roman, Sasanian, and Persian history, Biblical Studies, ancient Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and the Second Temple period. By bringing together scholars across disciplinary lines, we survey the state of the field and promote conversation about future avenues of research.

PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC SERVICE

Member, Programming Committee, Association for Jewish Studies, 2016-present.
Chair, Student Advisory Board, Society of Biblical Literature, 2016-2017.
Graduate Student Conference Coordinator, Dept. of Religion, Columbia University, 2016-2017.
Member, Professional Conduct Committee, Society of Biblical Literature, 2016-2017.
Vice Chair, Student Advisory Board, Society of Biblical Literature, 2015-2016.
Steering Committee Member, Metacriticism in Biblical Studies, Society of Biblical Literature, 2014-present.
President, Religious Studies Graduate Students, Columbia University, 2014-2015.  
Network Regional Coordinator, Student Advisory Board, Society of Biblical Literature, 2013-2015.
Religious Studies Representative, Graduate Student Council, Missouri State University, 2011.  
Member, Graduate Student Symposium, Missouri State University, 2010-2012.  

COMPETITIVE FELLOWSHIPS & HONORS

2017
Columbia University Endowed Fellow in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2016
Special Initiatives Grant Recipient, American Association for Jewish Research, Ancient Jew Review digital humanities project. [2nd grant]              
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies Conference Fellowship, Columbia University.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Conference Fellowship, Columbia University
2015
Special Initiatives Grant Recipient, American Association for Jewish Research, Ancient Jew Review digital humanities project.
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies Conference Fellowship, Columbia University.
2014               
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Conference Fellowship, Columbia University
2013-2018
Dean’s Fellowship, Religion Department, Columbia University, full tuition & stipend. 
2012               
Academic Scholarship, Jewish Theological Seminary
2010-2012
Graduate Assistant Fellowship, Religious Studies Department, Missouri State University, full tuition & stipend.
2010               
Outstanding Graduate in Biblical Studies Award, Evangel University
2007-2010      
Theology Department Academic Scholarship, Evangel University
History Department Academic Scholarship, Evangel University
Presidential Honors Scholarship, Evangel University
Valedictorian Scholarship, Evangel University

REFERENCES

LANGUAGES

References available upon request. 

Hebrew
Aramaic
Attic Greek
Latin
Modern Hebrew
German

Last updated August 2017.