Areas of expertise: Greco-Roman religions; Philonic Studies; gospel and Pauline literature; heresiology; gnostic and Nag Hammadi studies; ancient philosophy; ancient mythology; deification (theosis); ancient esoteric movements (in particular, Greek mystery cults); ruler worship.
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4778-045X
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
I am a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religions with a focus on the New Testament and early Christianity. My current research question focuses on why some early Christian groups (so-called gnostic and Marcionite) came up with the idea of an evil creator. I have recently completed a project comparing ancient angelification and daimonification in dialogue with modern posthuman transformation.
Before joining ACU, I taught at Virginia Tech, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Virginia (UVA). In 2012, I received my Ph.D. from the Religious Studies department at UVA. Prior to that I received an M.Div at Emory University and a Th.M. at Duke University. Currently I’m a member of the Steering Committee of the Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory Group at the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as a member of the Society of New Testament Studies (SNTS).
Reviewer for Journal of Early Christian Studies (JECS), Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press.