About

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University focusing on Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. My primary research interests and dissertation focus broadly on the intersection of ancient scribal culture, critical theory, and kingship. More specifically, my dissertation aims to trace the intellectual history and historiography of kingship found within the Hebrew Bible in more concrete terms, namely, by considering how scribes (re)interpreted sources they inherited.

Education

2015–Present
Ph.D., New York University, New York, NY
Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
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 York, NY
Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
Major Comprehensive Exam: Politics and Kingship in Samuel–Kings
Minor Comprehensive Exam: Scribal Culture and Critical Theory

2011–2015
A.B. summa cum laude, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Majors: Religious Studies and Comparative Literature
Minors: Near Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies
Honors Thesis: “The Feasibility of a Nonpartisan ‘Biblical Archaeology’: A Case Study of Contemporary Religious Zionists’ Utilization of ‘Joshua’s Altar’ on Mount Ebal/el-Burnat”
Committee: Lauren A.S. Monroe (chair); Jonathan A. Boyarin

2013–2014
Tripos Part IIB, The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Faculty of Divinity, Theology and Religious Studies (Old Testament and Jewish Studies)
Junior Year Abroad
Supervisors: Nathan MacDonald, Daniel Weiss, Philip Jenson

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Negotiating the Boundaries of ‘Identity’: Benjamin at the Yahweh Festival of Shiloh.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Historiography and the Hebrew Bible Section, Denver: November 19, 2018.

“Reexamining the Political-Legal Ideology of mišpaṭ hammelek (1 Samuel 8:11–18).” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Historiography and the Hebrew Bible Section, Boston: November 21, 2017.

Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

Association for Jewish Studies

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