PhD in Religious Studies, field Ancient Judaism, 2019
Columbia University, New York, New York
Dissertation: "Rabbis and Donors: On the Logics of Giving in the Ancient Mediterranean"
MPhil in Religious Studies, 2016
Columbia University, New York, New York
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
August 2018-present, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College
Courses Taught: The Judaic Tradition; The Bible and Its Interpreters; Encountering Religion in its Global Context; Religion, Gender, Sexuality; Defense Against the Dark Arts in the Jewish Tradition; Parting of the Ways: The Formation of Judaism and Christianity; Jew-ish in a Modern World; Religion for Robots: Tech, Gods, and the Future; Poverty: From the Bible to Beyoncé
July 2017, Barnard College, New York, NY. Pre-College Summer Program
Developed four-week course on “Poverty: From the Bible to Beyoncé
March 2017 Colby College, Waterville, ME.
Scholar in Residence in the Department of Religion
Lead Teaching Fellow
Fall 2017-Spring 2018, Columbia University with stipend.
2013-2017, Columbia University
Introduction to Judaism, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Religion and Popular Culture, Early Christianity, God: Introduction to Religion, Introduction to East Asian Buddhism
2010-2012, Missouri State University
Introduction to the New Testament
2019 “Pedagogy Workshop for Early Career Jewish Studies Faculty,” American Academy for Jewish Research and Katz Center for Jewish Studies, Pennsylvania University.
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.
Rabbis and Donors: The Performance of Expertise in the Ancient Mediterranean, manuscript in preparation.
Edited Volumes and Encyclopedia
“The Bible in Sci-Fi and Fantasy” in Oxford Biblical Studies, forthcoming.
“Legion in Film” and “Jochebed in Film” in Encyclopedia of Biblical Research.
Review of Babatha's Orchard: The Yadin Papyri and an Ancient Jewish Family Tale Retold by Philip Esler. Religion, Vol 48, Iss. 3 (June 2018).
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.
“Creative Pedagogy in the Biblical Studies Classroom.” Association for Jewish Studies News, June 2019.
Review of The Invention of Judaism by John Collins. Ancient Jew Review. February 11, 2018.
"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.
“Experiments in Rabbinic Literature.” Society of Biblical Literature. San Diego, CA November 2019.
“Leviticus Rabbah 5:4: The Conceptual Relationship between Patronage and Charity.” Charity in Classical Jewish Law: Between Religion and Social Ethics workshop. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 2019.
"’Bring the Wretched Poor into your Home:’ the Afterlives of Isaiah 58:7 in Rabbinic Literature.” Society of Biblical Literature. Denver, November 2018.
"'A Dog Has Eaten Yannai's Bread:' Analyzing Social Cues Between Rabbis and Patrons." Society of Biblical Literature. Denver, November 2018.
"Benefaction and Solidarity in Queen Helena's Donations." Enoch Seminar. Rome, June 2018.
"When a Queen Donates Figs and Gold." Religion and the Political Conference. New York, April 2018.
“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.
“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.
Panelist, “Reed, Jewish-Christianity and the History of Judaism.” Society of Biblical Literature. San Diego, November 2019.
Panelist, “Niehoff (ed.), Journeys in the Roman East: Real and Imagined.” Society of Biblical Literature. Denver, November 2018.
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.
Last updated July 2019.
Full C.V. available upon request.