2015 Ph.D., Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (Bible and the Ancient Near East) Brandeis University, Dissertation: Commentary and Authority in Mesopotamia and Qumran, awarded Nahum and Anne Glatzer Prize for Outstanding PhD Dissertation, Committee Members: I. Tzvi Abusch, Marc Zvi Brettler, Sidnie White Crawford, David P. Wright, Comprehensives in Hebrew Bible (with distinction), Akkadian, Northwest Semitic Languages
2007 M.A., Northwest Semitics/Hebrew Bible, The Catholic University of America, Comprehensives in Aramaic, Classical Ethiopic, Akkadian, Hebrew
2004 B.A., Classical Languages and Literature, Loyola Marymount University, Awarded Outstanding Graduate in Classics

Academic Positions

2016-Present Post-doctoral Researcher, Scripta Qumranica Electronica,
2011-2016 Lecturer, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
2009-2011 Teaching Fellow, Brandeis University
2003 Teacher's Assistant, Loyola Marymount University

Non Academic Positions

2009-Present Adult Ed. Teacher (Biblical Hebrew), Ivrit la-Kol; Lexington, MA
2014 Adult Ed. Teacher, Brandeis Osher Lifetime Learning Institute; Waltham, MA
2007-2015 Private Teacher (Classical Greek, Latin, and History); Concord, MA



Commentary and Authority in Mesopotamia and Qumran, Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplement series, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

"The Compositional Development of Qumran Pesharim in Light of Mesopotamian Commentaries," Journal of Biblical Literature (in press, Fall 2016).

"4QEnc (4Q204) Column I: A New Reconstruction," in From Enoch to Montréal and Back: New Vistas on Early Judaism and Christianity. Papers from the Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar, Montréal, 20-24 May 2014, (ed. Lorenzo DiTommaso and Gerbern S. Oegema; Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies; London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016).

Book Reviews:

Review of del Olmo Lete, Gregorio, Incantations and Anti-Witchcraft Texts from Ugarit, Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records (SANER) 4, Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014, (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2015).


Tauber Institute Graduate Research Award, 2015
Travelled to Israel to personally inspect several Qumran pesher manuscripts, and to Germany to discuss pesher research with Anette Steudel at the Forschungsprojektes "Qumran-Wörterbuch" der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.

Academic Honors

  • Nahum and Anne Glatzer Endowed Prize in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (for outstanding PhD dissertation in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University), 2015.
  • Awarded best paper at Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times Graduate Symposium, Brandeis University, 2013.
  • Distinctions for PhD Hebrew Bible comprehensive examination, Brandeis University, 2013.
  • Outstanding Graduate in Classics, Loyola Marymount University, 2005.
  • Graduated Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University, 2004.
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Society, 2004.
  • Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honors Society, 2003.


Modern research languages: French, German, and Hebrew.

Ancient languages: Hebrew (biblical and post-biblical), Aramaic (biblical, Syriac, and all ancient dialects), Akkadian, Classical Ethiopic, Classical Greek, Hittite, Latin, Phoenician and Northwest Semitic Dialects, Old South Arabian, Sumerian, Ugaritic, and some Arabic.

Professional Organization Memberships

  • American Oriental Society
  • Association for Jewish Studies
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • European Association of Biblical Studies
  • Society of Biblical Literature