Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. 2015 Public Voices fellow with The Op-Ed Project.
I am currently a Professor of Religious Studies specializing in the religions of late antiquity in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. My published work includes two books (Guardians of Letters and The Gendered Palimpsest) from Oxford University Press and a wide range of articles on scribal practices, the transmission of early Christian literature, and the interplay between ancient Judaism and ancient Christianity. My current research treats desert acoustic environments and the religious imagination; this project includes a book on late ancient monasticism as well as recordings I have made in desert environments in North America and the Middle East. I am a 2015 Public Voices fellow with The Op-Ed Project.