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    Scholar of religion in late antiquity / teacher of religious studies and the history of Christianity / researching at the intersection of religion, ritual, drugs, and medicine in the ancient mediterranean world.


    Elon University (B.A., 2005)

    Emory University (M.T.S., 2007)

    Fordham University (M.Phil., 2012; Ph.D., 2015)



    Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity. Yale University Press, 2017.


    “Blended with the Savior: Gregory of Nyssa’s Eucharistic Pharmacology in the Catechetical Oration,” forthcoming in Studies in Late Antiquity (December 2018)

    “Fed to Perfection: Mother’s Milk, Roman Family Values, and the Transformation of the Soul in Gregory of Nyssa,” Church History 84.3 (2015): 495-530.

    “The Health-Giving Cup: Cyprian’s Ep. 63 and the Medicinal Power of Eucharistic Wine,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 23.2 (2015): 189-211.


    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    North American Patristics Societies (May 2018)

    American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (November 2018)


    North American Patristics Society

    American Academy of Religion

    Society of Biblical Literature

    American Society for Church History

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