Welcome!

I’m glad you’ve found my page. I serve as Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at the Divinity School at Duke University, where I work 2013-09-20 08.51.10with the Graduate Program in Religion as well.  This site offers a glance at my work at Duke and beyond over the past few years, including my publication history, courses I’ve developed and taught, conferences at which I’ve presented my research, etc.

My first monograph, titled Law and Order: Monastic Formation, Episcopal Authority, and Conceptions of Justice in Late Antiquity  is currently under review with a university press.  The book focuses on the development of judicial ideals and practices of adjudication in the context of monastic and clerical settings at the turn of the fifth century.

My research interests range from the Syriac East to the Latin West.  My particular focus lies with the deployment of texts and their interpretation in situations of personal or communal crisis.  In this vein, I study  the intersection between monastic, ecclesial and civic practices, and have recently turned to the subject of my second book: Christian responses to infant- and childhood-mortality in late antiquity.  On occasion, I also write on issues of gender and particularly masculinity in Christian asceticism, as well as on encounters between Jewish and Christian thought and practice in the first few centuries of the Common Era.

When I am not at Duke, including during the summer of 2014, I spend a lot of time at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. During the 2014-2015 academic year, I will be a visiting research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns via e-mail or care of:

The Divinity School
Duke University
407 Chapel Drive
Duke Internal Box # 90968
Durham, NC 27708

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