I am an associate professor of Theology at St. Mary’s University, where I teach courses in the Hebrew Bible and its reception, and religious studies and Theology more broadly.
I completed my Ph.D. in Judaism in Late Antiquity in the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. I have an MA in Religion from Columbia University and a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University (summa cum laude).
My first book, Demons in the Details: Demonic Discourse and Rabbinic Culture in the Babylonian Talmud (August 2022), looks at demonic discourse in the Babylonian Talmud in its legal, narrative, and socio-cultural contexts. I am currently working on a new project exploring ancient Jewish constructions of the fetus in the contexts of the Roman and Sasanian empires.
In addition to my research and my teaching, I seek to contribute meaningfully to scholarly conversations within my discipline and within the larger university community. I serve as a member of the board for the Association for Jewish Studies, and co-chair the Unit on Traditions of the Late Antique East for the American Academy of Religion. I also serve on the Steering Committees for the Society for Biblical Literature’s Unit on Racism, Pedagogy, and the Biblical Studies Classroom and the Association for Jewish Studies’ Paula Hyman Mentorship Program.
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