Professor of Religion in Late Antiquity
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Religious Studies Program
409 White Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7901
Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Religious Studies Program, and Department of Classics, Cornell University (Program Director, 2010-2013) (Department Chair, 2006-2013)
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies Department and Religious Studies Program, Cornell University, 2004-2010
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Studies Department and Religious Studies Program, Cornell University, 1998-2004
Adjunct Faculty, St. Joseph’s University: Synoptic Gospels (Fall 1997); Understanding the Scriptures (Spring 1998)
Visiting Full-Time Instructor of Religious Studies, Siena College: Jesus, the Gospels, and Christian Origins; Prophecy in Ancient Israel (Spring 1997)
Teaching Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill: The Birth of Christianity (Summer 1996)
Teaching Associate, UNC-Chapel Hill: New Testament (Spring 1995, Spring 1994, Spring 1993); Introduction to Judaic Civilization (Fall 1994, Fall 1993); Hebrew Bible (Fall 1992)
Ph.D., 1997 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Dissertation: “Literacy, Power, and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature”)
M.A., 1993 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Thesis: “Hearing and Reading: Literacy and Power in the Early Christian Church”)
B.A., 1989 St. Olaf College (Majors: Music and Religion)
Areas of Specialization
Primary: Religion in Late Antiquity; Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Early Christianity, Early Judaism; Orality and Literacy in the Ancient Mediterranean World; Gender, Sexuality, and Asceticism in Late Antiquity; Graeco-Roman Religions;
Secondary: Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East; Papyrology
Acoustic Encounters in the Late Ancient Desert, monograph in progress.
The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012
Reviews: Blossom Stephaniw in Journal of Early Christian Studies 21 (2013) 631-633.
Guardians of Letters: Literacy, Power, and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000
Reviews: Peter R. Rogers in Novum Testamentum 44 (2002) 404-407; Tim Whitmarsh in The Classical Review 52 (2002) 87-88; Catherine Conybeare in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.09.31; Edgar Krentz in Religious Studies Review 28 (2002) 271; Maria Pascuzzi in Catholic Biblical Review 64 (2002) 575-76.
Boundaries and Bodies in Late Antiquity,co-edited with Georgia Frank, special issue of The Journal of Early Christian Studies 17(2009).
“Literacy and Education, Hellenistic and Roman Period,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology, ed. Daniel Master and L. Michael White (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
“The Future of Patristics,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Patristics, ed. Ken Parry (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).
“Social History of Early Christian Scribes,” in The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis, ed. Bart D. Ehrman and Michael Holmes (Leiden: Brill, 2013).
“Scribes, Greece and Rome,” “Gospel book,” “Codex,” in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. Roger Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine Huebner (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012).
“Imagining the Alexandrian Library and a ‘Bookish’ Christianity,” in Reading New Testament Papyri in Context, ed. Claire Clivaz and Joseph Verheyden (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2011) 207-218.
“Introduction,” co-written with Georgia Frank, for special issue Journal of Early Christian Studies 17 (2009) 167-169.
“Textual Communities in Late-Antique Christianity” A Companion to Late Antiquity, ed. Philip Rousseau (London: Basil Blackwell, 2009) 146-257.
“Engendering Palimpsests: Reading the Textual Tradition of the Acts of Paul and Thecla,” in The Early Christian Book, ed. William Klingshirn and Linda Safran. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 2007) 177-193.
“Coptic Language,” in Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, ed. Josef Meri (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2006).
“The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles on Papyrus: Revisiting the Question of Readership and Audience,” in New Testament Manuscripts: Their Texts and Their World, ed. Thomas J. Kraus and Tobias Niklas; TENT 2; (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2006) 293-304.
“Ancient Judaism Imagined Through the Lens of Early Christianity: The Work of James Rendel Harris, 1852-1941,” in Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture. University Press of Maryland/CDL Press, 2003.
“‘Girls Trained in the Art of Beautiful Writing’: Female Scribes in Roman Antiquity and Early Christianity,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 6 (1998) 629-646.
Selected Book Reviews
The Art of Listening in the Early Church, Carol Harrison. Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, forthcoming.
“Reimagining Patristics: Theory’s Vital Role in the Study of Premodern Texts,” a review essay of Elizabeth A. Clark, History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn, Church History (December, 2005)
Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary’s Dormition and Assumption, Stephen J. Shoemaker. Church History 74 (2005) 351-353.
Mirror of His Beauty: Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbalah, Peter Schäfer. Church History 73 (2004) 844-845.
First Converts: Rich Pagan Women and The Rhetoric of Mission in Early Judaism and Christianity, Shelly Matthews. Church History 72 (2003) 639.
Apologetic Discourse and the Scribal Tradition: Evidence of the Influence of Apologetic Interests on the Text of the Canonical Gospels, Wayne C. Kannaday. Review of Biblical Literature 2/15/2005 (available online at http://www.bookreviews.org/BookDetail.asp?TitleId=4353).
Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism, ed. David Alan Black. TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 8 (2003) (electronic journal at http://rosetta.reltech.org/TC/vol08/Black-ed2003rev.html); also reviewed in Religious Studies Review, forthcoming.
A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd rev. ed., Frederick William Danker. Electronic Antiquity: Communicating the Classics vol. 6, no. 1
(electronic journal at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ElAnt/V6N1/haines.html).
The Cult of St. Thecla: A Tradition of Women’s Piety in Late Antiquity, Stephen Davis. Journal of Religion 82 (2002) 627-628.
Making Christians: Clement of Alexandria and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy, by Denise Kimber Buell. Church History 69 (2000) 867-869
The New Testament in Greek IV: The Gospel According to St. John. Vol. 1, The Papyri, ed. W. J. Elliott and D. C. Parker. Journal of Biblical Literature 115 (1996) 569-570.
“Finding a History of/for Women in Ancient Literature,” a review of “Women Like This”: New Perspectives on Jewish Women in the Greco-Roman World, ed. Amy-Jill Levine. Shofar 14 (1995) 152-155.
Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism, by Eldon Jay Epp and Gordon D. Fee. Religious Studies Review 20 (1994) 150.
Recent and Upcoming Papers Delivered and Conferences Organized
Title TBA, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, 5 December 2014
“Geographies of Silence in Late Antiquity,” Knowing Bodies, Passionate Souls: Sense Perception in Byzantium, Dumbarton Oaks, 25-27 April, 2014
“Atmospheres of Anticipation,” Senses, Affect, and Imagination in Late Ancient Religion, Humanities Corridor Symposium, Colgate University, 11-12 April 2014
“Sound, Space, and Identity: Acoustic Territories at the White Monastery and Beyond,” Byzantine Studies Conference, Yale University, 31 October-2 November, 2013
“In Auditoria, Cells, and Streets: Aurality and Acoustic Environments in Classical Paideia and Monastic Learning,” Lund University, Sweden, Monasticism and Classical Paideia Conference, 8-12 October 2013
“The Sound of Angels’ Wings in Paradise: Hearing Things and the Making of Early Christian Identities,” Pennsylvania State University, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, 27 September 2013
“Hissing Serpents, Crashing Thunder, and Clamoring Mobs: Listening to the Desert in Late Antiquity,” Keynote Address at Ephemeral Relics: Approaches to the Five Sense in the Ancient World, Conference, University of Pennsylvania, 2 March 2013
“Sound, Silence, and the Sacred,” Near Eastern Studies Colloquium, Cornell University, 10 September 2012
Invited presentations: “Scribes and Reading,” University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 19 March, 2012; The Gendered Palimpsest, joint session of Duke University’s Late Antiquity Reading Group, and UNC, Chapel Hill’s Christianity in Antiquity group
“Sound, Silence, and the Early Christian Imagination,” Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, 19 November 2011
“Women with Books in Late Antiquity,” American Society of Church History Annual Meeting with the American Historical Association, Boston, 6 January 2011
Invited panelist/reviewer, session on Roger Bagnall’s Early Christian Books in Egypt, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 20 November 2010
Invited lectures and workshop given at the University of Manchester, U.K., 23-27 April 2010: “Reading, Not Eating: Women Readers in Late Ancient Christian Asceticism”; “Sinners and Saints, Silent and Submissive? The Textual Transformation of Female Characters”; “Contesting the Language of Eros: Textual Fluidity in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles”
“Christian Manuscripts, Scribes and Habits,” invited paper for the conference New Testament Egyptian Papyri Among Others/Lire les papyrus du Nouveau Testament avec les autres papyrus d’Egypte, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 22-24 October 2009
Reviewer on panel devoted to James Royse, Scribal Habits in Early Greek New Testament Papyri (Brill, 2008), SBL Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2008
Invited Fellow in Residence at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (May 3-11, 2008): included two formal presentations—“Early Christian Books: Form and Function” and “Women and Writing in Early Christianity” (the latter as the feature speaker for their Conference on Decoding the Canon sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Christianity); also included commenting on and reviewing the work of the papyrus project at the Documentary Research Center and responding to faculty and graduate student presentations about the project
“Imagining the Library of Alexandria and a Bookish Christianity,” Colloquium at the Department of Religion, Princeton University, April 9, 2008
Invited Panelist for “Retrieving Texts, Recasting Traditions: A Symposium on Scriptures, Ethiopian Christian Origins, and ‘World’ Christianities,” Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY, March 3-4 2008
Respondent and Commentator to session on Early Christianity and Material Textuality, American Society of Church History, January, 2008
“Miniature Codices: Historical and Methodological Qeustions,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, San Diego, November, 2007
“Boundaries and Bodies in Late Antiquity,” conference organizer, Cornell University, October 20-21, 2006
“Miniature Books and Rituals of Private Reading in Late Antiquity,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, 20 November 2005
“Miniature Codices in Early Christianity,” lecture given at the Early Christian Studies Workshop, University of Chicago Divinity School, 1 June 2005
“Thecla as Subject and Scribe,” presentation given at the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins at the AAR/SBL, 21 November 2003
“Re-Writing the Text: Gender and Text Transmission in Early Christianity (or, The Death of the Scribe?),” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, 24 November 2003
“Textual Communities in Early Christianity/ies: Scripture Selection, Transmission, and Interpretation,” Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, University of Pennsylvania, 8 May 2003
“The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles on Papyrus: Revisiting the Question of Readership and Audience,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, 23 November 2002
“Imagining the Library at Alexandria,” at “Cosmopolitan Alexandria” symposium, Cornell University, 21 October 2002
“Engendering Palimpsests: Gender and Text Transmission in Early Christianity,” Plenary Address at the Conference on the Christian Book, Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University of America, June, 2002
“Manuscript Studies, Textual Criticism, and the Work of James Rendel Harris: Late 19th-Century Insights into Early Christian anti-Jewish Polemics,” Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies Conference (Jews, Antiquity, and the Nineteenth Century Imagination), University of Maryland, 11 March 2001
Respondent to panel session devoted to my book Guardians of Letters: Literacy, Power, and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature, AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, November 2000
“Gender, Eroticism, and Text: The Textual Transmission of the Apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla,” University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, 17 May 2000
“The Role of Books in Early Christian Controversies: Martyrologies and Apocryphal Acts,’ American Society of Church History, 10 January 1999
“Textual Contests over Female Ascetics in the Apocryphal Acts,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Orlando, 21 November 1998
“Scribal Networks: The Case of the Earliest Christian ‘Miscellany’,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 22 November 1997
“Scribal Eroticism and the Transmission of the Apocryphal Acts,” Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, 17 April 1997
“The Education, Training, and ‘Status’ of Early Christian Scribes,” APA Annual Meeting, New York, 29 December 1996
“‘Girls Trained in the Art of Beautiful Writing’: Female Scribes in Roman Antiquity,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 24 November 1996
“Who copied early Christian texts during the second and third centuries?” Presentation at the Religious Studies Department Colloquium, The University of Pennsylvania, 6 March 1996
“Origen’s Discourse of Intellectual Differentiation: Literacy, Exegesis, and Social History,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 18 November 1995
“A Late Fourth-Century Textual Community and its Socio-Cultural Implications: Towards a Description and Analysis of Jerome’s Correspondence with Aristocratic Women,” The Feminist Alliance and the Curriculum in Women’s Studies Graduate Symposium, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 18 March 1995
“Ancient Literacy and the Text of the New Testament,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Chicago, 21 November 1994
“Hearing and Reading: Literacy and Power in the Early Christian Church,” AAR/SBL Southeastern Regional Conference in Atlanta, 20 March 1994
Other Selected Public Talks and Presentations
“Sound and the Early Christian Imagination,” Presentation to LARCNY (Late Antique Religion in Central New York working group), Syracuse, May 17, 2013
“Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity,” CAPE Lecture, Cornell University, May 16, 2013
“The Gendered Palimpsest,” a Book Talk at Olin Library, Cornell University, October 23, 2012
“American Missionaries in the Modern Middle East” (Cornell Adult University Lecture, July 2008)
“Origins and the Search for Identity” (series of two lectures for Cornell Adult University Course, July 2007)
“From Jesus to Paul: Christian Origins within diverse Early Judaism” (Cornell Adult University Lecture, July 2007)
“Reimagining Biblical Literature,” Public Lecture given for the Mortar Board Society, Last Lecture Series, Cornell University, 25 April 2006
“Positionality and Critical Distance in the Religious Studies Classroom,” presentation/lecture given to the Merrill Presidential Scholarship Program,” Cornell University, 26 May 2004
“Christianity in the Modern Middle East,” Views and Reviews video for Cornell University’s Cybertower Project (available online at http://cybertower.cornell.edu), September, 2003
“Women, Literacy, and Reading Practices in Early Christianity”; “Early Christian Books”; “The Acts of Paul and Thecla”; lectures delivered at the Biblical Archaeology Society Seminar, Palm Beach Gardens, 16-18 January 2003
“Fasting in the Christian Tradition,” presentation made to the Iftaar Banquet at Cornell University, 20 November 2002
“The Rise of Early Christian Anti-Judaism,” lecture given in the Adult Education Program, Temple Beth-El, Ithaca, NY, 2 October 2002
“Early Christian Scribes and Books,” “Gnosticism and Early Christianity,” and “Women in Early Christianity,” Biblical Archaeology Seminar, Philadelphia, 10-11 May 2001
“The Early Christian Book” and “Women in the Early Church,” Biblical Archaeology Society Seminar, Washington, D.C., 14 October 2000
Work in Progress for Presentation or Publication
Acoustic Encounters in the Late Ancient Desert, a monograph on the role of sound in the religious imagination of late antiquity with a particular focus on desert landscapes. It utilizes anthropological insights into the role of sound and religious ritual in combination with the growing literature in sound studies to investigate especially the vocabulary and taxonomy of sounds in the Egyptian desert monastic literature. The primary goals of the monograph are to understand how sound shapes identity, both in antiquity and in the modern period, and to investigate how the fields of bioacoustics, soundscape ecology, and desert monasticism might productively engage one another. Part of the project includes field recordings that I am undertaking in the deserts of North America and the Middle East, especially the Negev desert. I expect to submit a book proposal to presses in 2014 and I plan to prepare a final manuscript by 2016.
Early Christian Books: Form and Function (working title). A monograph, currently in process, on the various forms of early Christian books with each chapter focused on a distinct form (e.g., miniatures, deluxe large codices, amulets, and “workaday” copies). The thesis of the book interrogates how form dictated function and, in addition, how the intended function of a book governed the physical form of the book.
Out of Nazareth (working title). Currently in its early stages, this book is geared towards a more general audience; part autobiographical and part academic, it weaves together images from the modern Middle East (in particular, from Nazareth and the Galilee) with reflections on the ancient and late-ancient Near Eastern world. For example, one chapter focuses on a Melkite monastic settlement established in the Galilee in 1967 by two monks and engages with ancient monastic pairs; another uses the experiences of a bookseller in modern-day Nazareth to reflect on ancient booksellers and the ancient book trade more generally.
Service to the Profession
Reviewer: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships program, 2011, 2012
Reviewer of manuscripts: Cornell University Press, Oxford University Press, Yale University Press, Wiley-Blackwell Press
Steering committee, Religious Worlds of Late Antiquity Section, Society of Biblical Literature (2010-present)
Chair, International Greek New Testament Project Committee (2007-2010)
Chair, New Testament Textual Criticism Section, Society of Biblical Literature (2001-2007)
Steering committee, Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Section, Society of Biblical Literature (2001-present)
Chair, North American Executive Committee, International Greek New Testament Project (2005-2007)
Reviewer of submissions for Journal of Early Christian Studies and Oxford University Press
Founding member, Late Antiquity Research Consortium of New York
Member of the Editorial Board of Pericope:Scripture as Written and Read in Antiquity, published by Van Gorcum & Comp., Assen, the Netherlands (ongoing)
Consultant to the Contexticon Project, New Testament Language Project (2002-2003)
Steering committee, New Testament Textual Criticism Section, Society of Biblical Literature (1999-2001)
Associate Editor, Jewish Quarterly Review, 1995-1997
Symposium Committee Member for The Graduate Student Symposium at the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, Fall 1995
Assistant to Associate Editor, Journal of Biblical Literature, Spring 1995
Co-Editor, Excursus: A Review of Religious Studies, 1993-1994
Research Assistant, Oxford University Press, Summer 1994 (Consultation on book manuscript by Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament in Historical Perspective)
Researcher, Endowment for Biblical Research Lexicon Project, Summers 1993 (Preparation of lexigraphic studies on New Testament Greek terms for a computerized lexicon project)
Collator, International Greek New Testament Project, Summer 1992 and 1995 (Collating New Testament minuscule manuscripts)
Service to Cornell University
Department Chair, Near Eastern Studies, 2006-2013
Humanities Corridor Co-PI: Senses, Affect, and Imagination, 2012-2013
Chair, tenure ad hoc committee, 2012, 2013
Director, Religious Studies Program, 2010-2013
Search Committee, Humanities Chair in Islamic Thought, 2012-2013
Faculty Committee, Humanities Research Collections, Olin Library 2011-2013
Graduate Faculty: Near Eastern Studies, Classics, Medieval Studies
Chair, Search committee for Assyriology, 2010-2011
Search Committee, Classics Department, 2010-2011
Chair, Ad hoc tenure committee 2010
Chair, Kroll Travel Award Committee, 2006-2013
Chair, Kristan Peters-Hamlin Fund/Award Committee (2009-2013)
Faculty, Cornell Adult University, When Moses Met Plato (with Scott MacDonald), 2010
Humanities Library Council member
Chair, Search Committee for Hebrew Bible Position, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, 2004-2005
Tenure Ad-Hoc committee, 2005
Faculty Interview Committee for Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development (July, 2006)
Faculty Interview Committee for Director of Communications for the College of Arts and Sciences (May, 2007)
Academic Integrity Working Group, 2005-2007
Steering Committee, Program of Religious Studies, Cornell University, 1998-present
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 1999-2004
Harry Kaplan Fellowship Committee, 2001-2004
Video Interview with Provost Biddy Martin for Trustee Presentation, 2004
Faculty Facilitator, New Student Reading Project, 2002-present
Admissions Committee, Spring 2003
Faculty Fellow, 2002-2003
Participant in the Knight Writing Summer Institute, Summer 2002
Co-taught (with Gary Rendsburg) in the Cornell Adult University Program, Summer 2002: Valour, Vanity, Virtue, and Vice: Men and Women in the Biblical World
Search Committee for “Catholic Studies” position, Fall 2001
Search Committees for positions in “Arabic Literature” and “Modern Arabic and Hebrew Literature” and “Modern Middle Eastern History,” 2000, 2001, 2003
Co-taught (with Ross Brann) Telluride Summer Course, Summer 1999: Jews, Christians, Muslims: Scriptures, Interpretive Traditions, and the Cultural Imagination
Introduction to the New Testament
Introduction to Christian History
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Gender in Late Antiquity (graduate seminar)
Near Eastern Christianities (50-650 CE)
Suffering and the Early Christian Imagination: Apocalypticism, Gnosticism, Asceticism
Sound, Silence, and the Sacred
History and Literature of Early Christianity
Gnosticism and Early Christianity
Gender, Sexuality, and the Body in Early Christianity
Reinventing Biblical Narrative
Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christianity
Sacred Fictions: The Novel in Early Judaism and Christianity
Theory and Method in Religious Studies
Theory and Method in Near Eastern Studies
Jesus, the Gospels, and Christian Origins
Jesus in History, Tradition and the Cultural Imagination
New Testament Seminar (Greek reading course)
Honors, Awards, and Grants
American Academy of Religion, Individual Research Grant, 2013 ($4500, for field recording expeditions to Israel and California)
Society for the Humanities Research Grant, 2012 (amount: $2500, used during summer 2012 for test recordings)
Co-Facilitator, Brett de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Group (theme: “Sound,” 2011-2012; $10,000)
Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award, 2010
Faculty Participant, Mellon Humanities Seminar, Cornell University, 2003-2004
Faculty Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Fall 2003
NEH Summer Stipend, Summer 2001 (nominated by Cornell University)
Cornell University, Society for the Humanities Research Grant, 1998
Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award, 1998
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Travel Grant, Fall 1996
Doctoral Dissertation passed with honors, 1997; Doctoral Exams passed with honors, 1994
Master’s Thesis passed with honors, 1993
Professional Training and Field Work
Natural Sound recording expedition to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, 2014
Natural Sound recording expedition to the Negev Desert, Israel, 28 March-5 April, 2014
Natural Sound Recordist Certificate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bioacoustics Research Program and Macaulay Library, June 2013
Field Recording expeditions, Great Basin and Sonoran deserts, 2012-2013
Digital Photography (for field expeditions and classroom use), TC3, Spring 2012
Spring Field Ornithology, Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology (for use in my desert sound project), April 2012
Research and field work in Greece and Turkey, 2010
Cellist, 1989-1995; Charleston Symphony Orchestra, 1989-1991; Greensboro Symphony, Orchestra, 1991-1995; private cello instructor 1989-1991; recent performances include Cornell University, 2011; Lancaster, PA, 2010
Languages for Research
Ancient: Arabic (intermediate); Aramaic; Sahidic Coptic; Biblical, Rabbinic, and Modern Hebrew; Hellenistic Greek; Classical and Patristic Latin; Syriac
Modern: German, French, and Italian for research
American Academy of Religion
American Philological Association
American Society of Church History
American Society of Papyrologists
Byzantine Studies Conference
North American Patristics Society
Society of Biblical Literature
References available upon request