AboutScholar of religion in late antiquity / teacher of religious studies and the history of Christianity / researching at the intersection of religion, ritual, food, drugs, and medicine in the ancient mediterranean world.
EducationElon University (B.A., 2005)
Emory University (M.T.S., 2007)
Fordham University (M.Phil., 2012; Ph.D., 2015)
Work Shared in CORE
Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity. Yale University Press, 2017.
“Blended with the Savior: Gregory of Nyssa’s Eucharistic Pharmacology in the Catechetical Oration,” Studies in Late Antiquity (December 2018): 512-541.
“Fed to Perfection: Mother’s Milk, Roman Family Values, and the Transformation of the Soul in Gregory of Nyssa,” Church History 84.3 (2015): 495-530.
“The Health-Giving Cup: Cyprian’s Ep. 63 and the Medicinal Power of Eucharistic Wine,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 23.2 (2015): 189-211.
REVIEWS AND ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES
“Feeding that Infinite Abyss Within,” Review of Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (Harper 2015), Marginalia Review of Books (August 16, 2016)
“How Gay Were the Early Christians? Or, The Perils of Hyperbole in Historiography,” Review of Douglas Boin’s Coming out Christian in the Roman World (Bloomsbury 2015), Marginalia Review of Books (March 2015)
Review of Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions, by Virginia Burrus, Karmen MacKendrick, and Mark Jordan, Union Seminary Quarterly Review (2012)
“George Steiner,” from the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, vol. 3 (OUP 2013): 1773-75
MembershipsNorth American Patristics Society
American Academy of Religion
Society of Biblical Literature
American Society for Church History