I am a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion (New Testament and Early Christianity subfield) at Harvard University.

My current course and research interests include the historiographical invention and development of the “Apostolic Fathers,” discourses of heresy and orthodoxy in antiquity, Greek and Coptic papyrology, ancient constructions of ethnic and religious difference, and translation of late ancient and Byzantine apocryphal texts.

I am in the early stages of my dissertation, focusing on the Shepherd of Hermas.


PhD, Harvard University (currently enrolled; 2017-)

  • New Testament and Early Christian Studies

  • Advisor – Karen King

MAR, Yale Divinity School (2015-2017)

  • Bible concentration

BA, St. Olaf College (2011-2015)

  • Religion, Classics, Ancient Studies

Other Publications

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

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

New Testament and Early Christian Studies Day. Boston College. Co-hosted with Alexander D’Alisera.


Society of Biblical Literature (SBL): Student Member

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

Nag Hammadi & Gnosticism Network: Member

Westar Institute: Associate


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