I am a scholar of the history and modern reception of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. My first book, Paul and the Citizen Body, looks at the construction of a civic identity in 1 Corinthians through veiling instructions and athletic metaphors, including the spectacle and the games. An interview on a related article is at the Center for Hebraic Thought. Currently, I am writing two volumes on 1 Clement for Baylor University Press. My work has focused on Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and the Hellenistic and Roman Greek East, including Biblica (and again), Neotestamentica, Journal of Early Christian History, Open Theology, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Postscripts, and Studia Patristica (and again).
I have taught at several universities and schools. I have served with AmeriCorps and the American Red Cross. In addition, I taught citizenship and ESL classes at Boat People, S.O.S.