I am a scholar of the history and modern reception of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. I have published articles in leading journals, including Biblica, Neotestamentica, Journal of Early Christian History, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, and Postscripts. I hold degrees from the University of California, University of Chicago, and Emory University.
Essays of mine appear in America, The Atlantic, Bust, Busted Halo, Paste, Washington Post, and other national media. I have written for TED-Ed. References to my research appear in Paste, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and others. I have also served as a director of forums at Marginalia Review of Books.
Among the schools at which I have taught are Loyola Marymount University, Emory University, Dominican University, Lake Superior State University, and the University of St. Francis. Institutions at which I've held trainings include Cal State Los Angeles, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois Institute of Technology. I also have significant experience with nonprofits, government, and education. Having completed coursework at the University of California, I hold a California teaching credential and have taught at public and Catholic high schools. My secondary and postsecondary courses have covered philosophy, literature, history, and religion. My national service with AmeriCorps included work with the American Red Cross on disaster preparedness in Chicago. With Floresta, I went to the rainforests of Oaxaca. In Atlanta, Boat People SOS provided me with grant writing training and allowed me to teach ESL and citizenship classes.