MemberJonathan Schmidt-Swartz

… Disputes, and Property Law.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Biblical Law Section, Virtual: December 1, 2020.

“Theorizing Kingship Through ‘Service’: Reciprocity, Authority, and Historiography.” ASOR Annual
Meeting, State and Territory in the Ancient Near East: …
…k University, New York, NY
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Concentration: Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
Dissertation: “Recasting Kingship: Power, Disrupted History, and Scribal Adaptation”
Committee: Daniel E. Fleming (chair); Mark S. Smith

M.Phil., New York University, New Yo…

Jonathan Schmidt-Swartz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University focusing on Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. His primary research interests and dissertation focus broadly on the intersection of ancient scribal culture, critical theory, and kingship. More specifically, his dissertation aims to trace the intellectual history and historiography of kingship in more concrete terms, namely, by determining how post-monarchic scribes reinterpreted sources they inherited; how the juxtapositions of monarchic sources to their post-monarchic framings entails a two-way reinterpretation between older and newer texts. Unlike previous studies on the history of kingship in Israel-Judah, his work seeks to unpack the differing notions of kingship — the power dynamics between the king, Yahweh, and the people — through the lens of specific scribal practices as his guiding method. His objective is to understand, recognize, and begin to pull apart the layered conceptions of kingship on display in the Bible’s primary narrative about the kingdoms and recognize at once the conscious diachronic juxtaposition of sources by scribes and their synchronic multivalent unity. Dissertation: Recasting Kingship: Power, Disrupted History, and Scribal Adaptation Interests: Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, Critical Theory, Scribal Culture, Religious Studies/History of Religions, History/Historiography, Jewish Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Public Humanities

MemberRyan T. Goodman

…esentations of Tenth-Century “Warrior Women,”’ Æthelflæd 1100 Conference, Tamworth
2018 –  ‘“The Guiltless King?”: Celibacy, Masculinity and Kingship in Pre-Conquest England,’ Royal Studies Network Conference – Kings and Queens 7: Ruling Sexualities, University of Winchester
2018 – ‘Mead-i…

Book Reviews
In Progress – Review: Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe by Hans Hummer, English Historical Review
Submitted – Review: Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Political Power: Rex Gratia Dei by Kathrin McCann, English Studies
2019 – Review: The Manly Priest: Clerical Celibacy, Masculinity, and Reform…

My research explores the intersection of gender and political culture in England and surrounding realms in the transition from the early to central (or ‘high’) middle ages, c. AD 900-1200, with a particular focus on the relationship between the ideals and practice of masculinity and kingship. I recently completed my PhD in Medieval History at the University of Manchester. My dissertation was entitled ‘”In a Father’s Place”: Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Masculinity in the Long Tenth Century.’ I completed my BA in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies (2008) and my MA in European History (2012) at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where my MA thesis explored ‘The Role of Royal Power in the Formation of an Anglo-Saxon State, circa 400-900 AD.’ I previously served, from 2012–2015, as a Teaching Instructor in East Carolina University’s Department of History, as part of the Italy Intensives study abroad program based in Certaldo, Tuscany. While there, I also served as the program’s Academic Coordinator and Writing Center Director, as well as the Scholarship Committee Chair, Student Life Director, and Social Media Coordinator.

MemberMatthew Suriano

Matthew Suriano is an Associate Professor in the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the history and culture of ancient Israel through the integration of biblical literature, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, and the archaeology of the Levant. Research Interests Hebrew Bible; death, burial, and the afterlife; ancient inscriptions; kingship and royal historiography; the archaeology of the Levant.

MemberJoel Bordeaux

…Raja Krishnacandra: Hindu Kingship and Myth-Making in Early Modern Bengal. (Book manuscript in progress)

“Buddhist China in the Indian Imagination: Locating the Goddess Tara in Hindu Tantras.”


I am a specialist in Bengali Shakta traditions, and particularly intrigued by how political authority, canonical works of literature, and esotericism mediate differences between or within religions. My current book project, Raja Krishnacandra: Hindu Kingship and Myth-Making in Early Modern Bengal, explores how an eighteenth century Bengali raja named Krishnacandra Ray — famed throughout the region as a patron of Sanskrit scholarship, a champion of tantric goddess worship, and the alleged architect of British colonialism in India — passed into myth, and what that process suggests about the formation of regional and sectarian identities. Other interests at the moment include sacrifice, ritual magic, literary exegesis, and Hindu-Buddhist interactions.

MemberLevi Roach

My teaching and research interests lie in the history of western Europe in the early and high Middle Ages. To date, my work has focused on themes of kingship and governance with an emphasis on the role of ritual and symbolic display. I recently published a new biography of King Æthelred ‘the Unready’, which was awarded the Longman-History Today prize for best ‘scholarly but accessible’ book. Future projects include a study of forgery and historical memory in western Europe at the turn of the first millennium, to be published by Princeton University Press; a popular history of the Normans, to be published by John Murray; and an edition of the Anglo-Saxon charters from continental houses.

MemberGhazzal Dabiri

…ower and Authority in Late Antique and Medieval Hagiography across East and West. Fabulae 1. Edited by Ghazzal Dabiri. Turnhout: Brepols.
“Tales of Kinship, Kingship, and Justice and the Making of the Muslim World, 6th-12th c.” Manuscript.

I hold a PhD in Iranian Studies from UCLA. My research focuses on narratives of power and holiness in medieval Islamic Iran. I am primarily interested in themes related to kingship, sainthood, social identity building, the supernatural. My interest in these narratives partly arises from their fascinating itineraries, which have taken them from the eastern Iranian heartlands in antiquity down to the pre-modern era and from the Balkans to Malaysia. I am currently working on a book project, which has the working title “God’s Kings: The Medieval Reception of Ancient Narratives of Kingship.” And I am also editing two volumes dealing with hagiographies across Eurasia. One, which has the working title, Imitatio Theclae, is on the literary reception of the Acts of Paul and Thecla and the other looks at how various hagiographers across the Indo-Mediterranean world narrated power and authority.   I am recipient of the following grants and awards: 2015, European Research Council fellow at Ghent University in Belgium; 2011, Fulbright Research Fellowship, Cairo, Egypt; and 2008, Honorable Mention for the Best Dissertation from the Foundation for Iranian Studies.   From 2008-2014, I was the coordinator of the Persian Studies Program at Columbia University where, in addition to teaching and mentoring students, I organized a successful lecture series which included talks by established and up-and-coming scholars, artists, film makers, and musicians. From 2006-2008, I was the director for the Persian Studies Program at California State, Fullerton which included a summer study-abroad semester in Yerevan, Armenia.   I have been a long-time member of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) which is committed to bringing scholars from around the world interested in all fields related to Iran and the Persianate worlds, past and present. I served as its newsletter editor, secretary of the association, and member of the board of directors.

MemberIan Wilson

I am a scholar of religion, specializing in the Hebrew Bible and the histories and cultures of ancient Israel and the Near East. At Augustana, I teach courses on the religions of the world, theories of religion, biblical studies, the ancient Near East, and related topics; I also serve as Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life.   My work, in research and in the classroom, has focused mainly on how communities remember and imagine themselves, and how different social memories and imaginaries interrelate with one another. My first monograph, Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah (Oxford University Press, 2017), explores these processes through the texts of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how ancient Judeans balanced and navigated various and even competing understandings of their monarchic past, with their literature. In 2018, the book won the R.B.Y. Scott Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. My research has also appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as Brill Research PerspectivesHarvard Theological ReviewVetus Testamentum, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft; and I co-edited the volume History, Memory, Hebrew Scriptures: A Festschrift for Ehud Ben Zvi (Penn State University Press / Eisenbrauns, 2015).   Recently, my research has addressed prophetic literature in particular: What can these literary artifacts tell us about historical thought in the ancient world, about how the communities responsible for this literature thought about (and with) conceptions of their past? What was the interrelationship between the literary forms of prophetic books and historical thinking in ancient Judean culture, and how has this interrelationship impacted the ongoing reading and interpretation of these texts?

MemberMarian Toledo Candelaria

I completed a thesis on literary representations of King Malcolm III Canmore (r. 1058-93) in Scottish historical narratives at the University of Guelph (2018). My research interests lie broadly in historiography produced in the British Isles during the medieval period, and in the construction of identities according to political, social and cultural circumstances. I am also interested in kingship, chivalry and knighthood, hagiography, maps and chronicles, and book history and paleography. As a Scottish historian, I am concerned also with intersections of Scottish identity and artistic production, presenting a paper on Alexander McQueen’s notion of Scottishness at the Guelph Scottish Studies Colloquium in 2019. Lastly, I have longstanding interests in book history and bibliography, especially the transmission of Scottish material in Spanish books. I have also worked on several special collection exhibitions and digital humanities projects in Canada, and I worked as Curator of Rare Books of La Casa del Libro Museum-Library in San Juan Puerto Rico (2013), where I was tasked with updating the collection’s inventory and the Museum’s exhibition and activities schedule.