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I work with special collections — archives, manuscripts, rare books — at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University. I have a BA in Classics from California State University, Long Beach (2006), a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Candler School of Theology (2009), and most recently a PhD in New Testament from Emory University (defended my dissertation in March 2017).

My research is primarily concerned with Luke-Acts, ancient historiography, and rhetoric criticism. My dissertation, “All Things to All People: Luke’s Paul as an Orator in Diverse Social Contexts,” looks at Luke’s characterization of Paul in four main speeches in Acts (chs. 13, 17, 20, and 26). This dissertation looks at two issues related to the characterization of Paul in the book of Acts: (1) whether Luke, the author of Acts, makes use of the rhetorical exercise of speech-in-character (prosopopoeia/ethopoeia), and (2) what Luke’s purposes are in portraying Paul as a gifted speaker who adapts to different rhetorical situations. Thus, this dissertation looks at each speech individually, and then considers the cumulative portrait of Paul in Acts.


• PhD, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, 2017. Dissertation: “All Things to All People: Luke’s Paul as an Orator in Diverse Social Contexts.” Advisor: Luke Timothy Johnson

• Master of Theological Studies, Emory University, 2009. Thesis: “Offer Me a Pure Sacrifice: The Eucharist and the Cultic Setting of the Didache.” Readers Lewis Ayres and Steven Kraftchick

• BA (Classics), California State University, Long Beach, 2006


Review of Christopher J. Prom, ed. Digital Preservation Essentials. Provenance, forthcoming.

Review of John C. Lyden and Eric Michael Mazur, eds. The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture. Theological Librarianship 9 (2016).

“Haman (film)” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by D. C. Allison et al. Berlin: de Gruyter. 2015.

“Five Recent Commentaries on the Book of Acts: A Bibliographic Essay.” Theological Librarianship 8 (2015).

“Pharisee” and “To everything there is a season” in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.

“Decapolis” in Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Edited by Craig A. Evans. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Review of Panayotis Coutsoumpos, Community, Conflict, and the Eucharist in Roman Corinth: The Social Setting of Paul’s Letter. Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 5 (2008): R47-50.

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