BA in History and Religion, Pepperdine University, 2011
MA in History of Christianity, Yale Divinity School, 2013
MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University, 2014
“Mediation in the Monastic Archives of Late Antique Egypt”
I am an ancient historian specializing in the social, theological, and legal dimensions of late antiquity with a keen interest in early Christian monasticism. I have benefited from studying Latin, Greek, Syriac, and Coptic sources for later Roman history alongside the papyrological, epigraphic, paleographic, and archaeological remains of the early Byzantine Empire. My dissertation uses the letters written to monks on Egyptian papyrus in order to investigate how these anchorites intervened socially on behalf of their clerical, lay, and fellow ascetic clients. I am also interested in the development and transmission of classical education in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
Over the last six years I have enjoyed teaching courses on a wide range of topics to undergraduate, high school, and middle school students. While at Oxford I designed and taught an upper-division course with Pepperdine University's London program while also studying as a Scholar-in-Residence at The Kilns - the former home of C.S. Lewis. I spent the following year in a classical charter school teaching European history to high school students in a Socratic, seminar-style approach. I also had a fantastic time teaching Latin to fifth, sixth, and seventh graders during that academic year and in subsequent summers. I then benefitted from working as a teaching assistant for Dr. Judith Evans-Grubbs, leading discussions and two lectures in her course, "Emperors, Monks, and Barbarians." I have enjoyed teaching five courses on "Western Heritage" at Pepperdine University's Malibu campus, and I have also designed and taught a new undergraduate course on early Christianity, which was cross listed with the History and Religion Departments of Emory University.