Education: BA in Archaeology, Tufts University
MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
MA and PhD in Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Interest: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
I am interested in the ways that religious communities express their religiosity in material forms, particularly when those forms contradict, undermine, or complicate textual representations of that religion. My recent research has focused on the use of commemorative language in women’s inscriptions among ancient Jewish Diaspora communities that challenge received ideas of how leadership was gendered in early synagogues. Other interests include customs of funerary banqueting and the relationships between belief, practice, and architectural space, particularly in ascetic communities.
My interests in materiality are enhanced by my participation in numerous archaeological excavations. I am currently a senior staff member on the following projects in Jordan: the Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project, the Petra North Ridge Project, and the Madaba Plains’ Tall al-Umayri excavation.