I completed the PhD in New Testament in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, with specializations in Paul’s letters and women’s activity in early Christianity and ancient Mediterranean religions. This academic year (2018–19), I have research fellowships at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem to work on a project on cities in early Christianity.

My book, Women Praying and Prophesying in Corinth: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians, situates Paul’s arguments about prayer and prophecy within their ancient Mediterranean cultural context, using literary and archaeological evidence. This research emerges from exegetical observations about 1 Corinthians 11-14, a section of the letter about inspired speech that begins and ends with conflicting passages about whether women should speak in the assembly. I argue that gender dynamics influence this entire part of the letter and the religious speaking practices in Corinth that prompted it.

I am interested in situating early Christian texts, traditions, and communities within their cultural milieu using archaeological data. For the Summer 2016, I won the Dever Fellowship for Biblical Scholars, awarded by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). The fellowship supported one month of excavation at Shikhin, a Roman-era Jewish settlement in the Galilee, and one month of research at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. I have also conducted research at the ancient sites of Corinth and Ephesos and participated in archaeological fieldwork at Halmyris, a Roman frontier fort on the Danube Delta.

I have taught courses on Jesus and the Gospels, Luke, Acts, First Corinthians, Women and the Bible, Gender and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Global Perspectives on the Bible, Biblical Greek, New Testament interpretation, and theological writing and argumentation.


PhD, Religion, Emory University (2015)

ThM, Columbia Theological Seminary (2009)

MTS, Emory University (2007)

BA, History, Vanderbilt University (2004)



Women Praying and Prophesying in Corinth: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians. WUNT II/448. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Essays

“Paul, Plutarch and the Gender Dynamics of Prophecy.” New Testament Studies 65.2 (2019): 207–22. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688518000383

“Uncovering Traditions in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.” Novum Testamentum 61.1 (2019): 70-87. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685365-12341617

“The Recovery of Paul’s Female Colleagues in Nineteenth-Century Feminist Biblical Interpretation.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 33.2 (2017): 21-36. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/jfemistudreli.33.2.03

“The Cadence of the Language of Magic in Greek Curse Tablets and First Corinthians.” Pages 129-149 in Gods, Objects, and Ritual Practices. Edited by Sandra Blakely. Studies in Ancient Mediterranean Religions 1. Atlanta: Lockwood Press, 2017.

“Community is a Body: Sex, Marriage, and Metaphor in 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:7 and Ephesians 5:21-33.” Journal of Biblical Literature 134.4 (2015): 833-847. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.15699/jbl.1344.2015.2889

Online Publication (most recent):

If Pelosi is guilty, so’s Jesus.” Religion Dispatches/Rewire News. February 6, 2019.

Oracular Thinking, Ancient and Modern.” Medium. November 6, 2018.

From Job to Kevin: Scripture and Scripturalists in the Leftovers.” Sacred Matters Magazine. February 7, 2018.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Lazarus.” Sacred Matters Magazine. April 25, 2017.


Blog Posts


Society of Biblical Literature

Society of Ancient Mediterranean Religions

American Schools of Oriental Research

European Association of Biblical Studies

Southeastern Women’s Studies Association

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