Krista N. Dalton

I am a cultural historian of religion, working primarily with the texts and traditions of ancient Judaism within the Mediterranean context.

In 2019 I received my Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University in the City of New York, where I specialized in ancient Judaism. As of July 2018, I am an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. I am also a Founding Editor and the Executive Editor of Judaism for the web journal, Ancient Jew Review.

My current project, entitled Rabbis and Donors: the Logics of Giving in the Ancient Mediterranean, analyzes the performance of rabbinic expertise in the cultivation of donor and social networks in late antiquity. Through analysis of narrative depictions of rabbis and donors in Palestinian Rabbinic literature, I illustrate the social relationships created and maintained through gift-giving.