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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, as the director of the Center for Late Ancient Studies, and as  associate faculty for the Duke Center for Jewish Studies. 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.


I am currently completing revisions on my first monograph, titled Law and Order: Monastic Formation, Episcopal Authority, and Conceptions of Justice in Late Antiquity  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, to appear with the University of Pennsylvania Press

During the 2014/15 academic year, I served as Visiting Research Fellow at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, laying the groundwork for my second book on late ancient responses to childhood and infant mortality.


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. 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.


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