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 an Editor-in-Chief of the digital journal, Ancient Jew Review.

My current project, entitled Rabbis, Donors, and the Cultivation of Expertise through Late Ancient Mediterranean Networks of Giving, argues that the rabbis of Roman Palestine in the 3rd to 5th centuries C.E. cultivated their expertise by engaging in donor networks. It tells the story how ancient rabbis befriended wealthy Jews and navigated the tensions of needing their investment in their expertise while resisting their intrusion into their autonomy.