I am currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Washington and Lee University. I specialize in questions of identity, representation of difference, and contesting shared pasts, between Jews, Christians, and Samaritans in antiquity. My research work uses late ancient identity and self-fashioning as a laboratory space for the critical approaches of the scholar of religion, as well as exploring the resonance of ancient self-fashioning in scholarship and intellectual history after antiquity.


University of Pennsylvania: PhD in Religious Studies (Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity)

University of Oxford: MPhil Theology (Patristics), BA Philosophy and Theology

Other Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Seeking as Suckling: The Milk of the Father in Clement of Alexandria’s Paedagogus I,6.” Studia Patristica 72 (2014): 59-73.

Other Publications

‘”Anti-Semitism” before “Semites”: The Risks and Rewards of Anachronism,’ The Public Medievalist

‘How the Nineteenth Century Misplaced the Samaritans,’ Blog for the Journal of the History of Ideas

‘Thinking with Samaritans and Cynthia Baker’s Jew,’ Marginalia: A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel




Deputy Christianity editor and Week in Review editor at Ancient Jew Review

English-language editor for new edition of Samaritan midrash collection Tibat Marqe [forthcoming]

NEH-funded Indic manuscript digitization project, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies [Completed]

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