I am a PhD student in Religion (New Testament and Early Christianity) at Harvard University. I graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master’s degree in Bible and St. Olaf College with a bachelor’s degree in Religion, Classics, and Ancient Studies.

My current course and research interests include constructions of authorship and attribution in antiquity, the Nag Hammadi codices, discourses of “fake/forgery,” the rhetoric of “heresy/orthodoxy,” textual criticism, contemporary uses of the “historical Jesus,” and issues surrounding cultural heritage in antiquities markets.


PhD, Harvard University (currently enrolled; 2017-)

MAR, Yale Divinity School (2015-2017)

BA, St. Olaf College (2011-2015)

Other Publications

“‘They Did Not Belong to Us’: Johannine Language and Social Identity.” Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa (2017): 1-21.


Senior Editor – Glossolalia, the graduate journal of religion at Yale Divinity School

Steering Committee – Praxis Forum, affiliate organization of the Westar Institute


Society of Biblical Literature (SBL): Student Member

The North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL): Member

Westar Institute: Associate


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