AboutI am an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. I teach courses in Christian Origins & History, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.
EducationPh.D., Ancient Mediterranean Religions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Ancient Mediterranean Religions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Religious Studies and Classics, Washington University in St. Louis
Publications“Dining with ‘Inhuman’ Demons: Greco-Roman Sacrifice, Demonic Ritual, and the Christian Body in Clement of Alexandria,” Studia Patristica LXXXII (2017): 51-72.
“Daemonic Trickery, Platonic Mimicry: Traces of Christian Daemonological Discourse in Porphyry’s De Abstinentia,” Vigiliae Christianae 68.4 (2014): 416-449.
“Bodiless Docetists and the Daimonic Jesus: Daimonological Discourse and Anti-Docetic Polemic in Ignatius’ Letter to the Smyrnaeans,” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 14 (2013): 183-204.
ProjectsEnvironments of Evil: Demonic Bodies and the Dark Ecologies of Early Christianity (book manuscript, under review)
“A Cartography of Kinship: Domestic Space, Tomb Cult, and the Re-Mapping of Ephesus in the Acts of John” (article manuscript, under review)
“Hospitality, not Honors: Portraits and Patronage in the Acts of John” (article manuscript, under review)
“The Past, Present, and Religious Studies Future of Civic Engagement in American Higher Education” (article manuscript co-authored article with Sara Ronis; under review)
MembershipsAmerican Academy of Religion
Society of Biblical Literature
North American Patristics Society
Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques/International Association of Patristic Studies