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


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.

“Rethinking Luke 10: The Parable of the Good Samaritan Israelite” [Under Review]

“Viewing Samaritans Jewishly: Josephus, the Samaritans, and the Identification of Israel” [Under Review]

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

Rabbinic Literature entries “Malachi” and “Melchizedek” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception [forthcoming]


Reinhard Pummer, The Samaritans: A Profile (W.B. Eerdmans, 2016), Reading Religion

Éric Rebillard, Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs (Oxford, 2017), Ancient Jew Review

Moshe Blidstein, Purity, Community, and Ritual in Early Christian Literature (Oxford, 2018), Reading Religion

Michael Stewart Williams, The Politics of Heresy in Ambrose of Milan (Cambridge, 2017), Ancient Jew Review


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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