I recently completed my PhD thesis (at King’s College London) on Paul and masculinity. I’m interested in gender-critical approaches to Paul’s letters, the New Testament generally, the reception of biblical texts in film, and analysis of contemporary Christian men’s movements.
My PhD thesis—entitled ‘Becoming a Man: Un/Manly Self-Presentation in the Pauline Epistles—looks at four different modes of self-presentation in Paul’s letters and asks how these can be read through the lens of masculinity studies. Considering his disclosure of bodily weakness/es, dubious ‘marks’ (circumcision and stigmata
), self-professed enslavement to Christ and those he leads, as well as his maternal personas, I highlight the complex manner in which Paul’s masculinity is constructed. Turning Paul’s claim in 1 Cor 13:11 to have ‘become a man’ into a question, I ask: how does Paul become a man exactly? And who else agrees that he has successfully become one?
I am also a co-host on The Two Cities podcast
, which explores the intersection between theology and culture.