Main Research Topics

  • Scholarly rivalry and collaboration in the ancient Near East in the second and first millennia BCE
  • Scholarship in ancient Mesopotamia
  • Scribes and religious professionals in the Hebrew Bible
  • Citation of sources in ancient Near Eastern texts

  • Academic Career

  • Since August 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at the SFB 1136, conducting research on "Educated Colleagues or Ignoramuses? Scholarly Rivalry and Collaboration in Ancient
    West Asia"
  • 2016-2017 Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Department of Religion, Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC)
  • 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Program (Religious Studies), University of Montana (Missoula, MT)
  • 2015-2016 Lecturer in Religion, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
  • 2015 Instructor in Religion, Department of Religion, University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

  • Academic Degrees

  • 2014 Brown University, Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean), Areas of Specialization: Hebrew Bible and Israelite Religions; Ancient Judaism; Religions, Languages, and Cultures of Ancient West Asia; Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
    Dissertation: Non-Anthropomorphic Gods? Manufactured Entities and Divine Qualities and Attributes Characterized As Gods in the Textual Evidence from Ancient Mesopotamia, Syria, North Arabia, Palestine, and Elephantine, Committee: Saul Olyan (supervisor), Stanley Stowers, Matthew Rutz
  • 2007 Brown University, M.A. in Religious Studies (Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean)
  • 2005 Pennsylvania State University, M.A. in English, Areas of Specialization: Religious Literature; History of Biblical Interpretation
  • 2002 Boston University, B.A. in Philosophy and Religion

  • Fellowships, Grants and Awards

  • 2017 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award, New England/Eastern Canada Region
  • 2017 Duke Research Fellowship in Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University
  • 2011-2012 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2011 Gorgias Book Grant, Gorgias Press
  • 2011 Graduate School Award for Travel, Brown University, to attend the 221st Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Chicago, IL, March 11-14
  • 2010-2011 Dissertation Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2009-2010 Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2008 Judaic Studies Department Award for Travel, Brown University, to attend the European Association of Biblical Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, August 3-7
  • 2008 Summer Study Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2007-2008 Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2007 Summer Study Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2007 American Oriental Society Graduate Student Award for Travel to attend the 217th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Antonio, TX, March 16-19
  • 2007 Graduate School Award for Travel, Brown University, to attend the 217th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Antonio, TX, March 16-19
  • 2006-2007 Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2006 Summer Study Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2005-2006 Ernest Frerichs Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2003-2005 Graduate Teaching Fellowships, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2002-2003 Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship, Clemson University
  • 2002 Senior Work for Distinction, Department of Religion, Boston University
  • 2002 Peter A. Bertocci Award for Philosophical Excellence, Department of Philosophy, Boston University
  • 2002 Richard E. Katz Award, Department of Religion, Boston University
  • 2002 College Prize for Excellence in Religion, Department of Religion, Boston University
  • 2001 Summer Research Award, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Boston University
  • 2001 Alice M. Brennan Humanities Fellowship, The Humanities Foundation, Boston University
  • 2001 Peter M. Nelson Award for Distinguished Work by a Junior, Department of Philosophy, Boston University

  • Languages

  • Ancient: Akkadian (all periods/dialects); Aramaic (Old, Imperial, and Middle); Ancient Greek; Hebrew (Biblical,
    Mishnaic, and Dead Sea Scroll); Hittite; Sumerian; Ugaritic; Middle Egyptian (elementary)
  • Modern: English, French, German

  • Professional Associations

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Schools for Oriental Research
  • Association of Ancient Historians
  • American Academy of Religion