Doctor of Philosophy: Ancient Hebrew and Jewish Literature
University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford, UK – 2000
Thesis: “Targum Lamentations’ Reading of the Book of Lamentations

Master of Arts: Biblical and Theological Studies
Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois – 1994
Thesis: “Joseph, Dreams, And Interpretation: A Study of the Stylistic and Rhetorical Features of the Dreams in the Joseph Narrative

Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies (now a Master of Studies)
University of Oxford, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies – 1994
Dissertation: “The Midrash of the Ten Songs”

Artium Baccalaureus: Near Eastern Studies and History – Concentration in Religious Studies
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York – 1992

Faculty Appointments

Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Jewish Studies, the University of Kentucky, 2017-present

Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, Penn State University, 2006-2017

Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Jewish Studies, Tulane University, 2003-2006

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Jewish Studies, Tulane University, 1997-2003

Tutor, Oriental Institute, Oxford. Targumic Aramaic and Midrashic Literature, 1995-96

Teaching Assistant, Wheaton College Graduate School, 1992-93


  • National Association of Fellowships Advisors
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • International Organization for Targumic Study

Steering Committee Member

  • Society of Biblical Literature Council – 2019-2022
  • Society of Biblical Literature Finance Committee — 2017-2020
  • International Organization for Targumic Study http://targum.info
  • Aramaic Studies Section, Society of Biblical Literature — 2002-2014
  • Blogger and Online Publication, Society of Biblical Literature — 2012-present
  • Editorial board, peer-reviewed journal Honors in Higher Education — 2017-present


  • Aramaic Studies Section, Society of Biblical Literature — 2005-11
  • Scholarship & Technology Advisory Board, SBL — 2011-17

Doctoral Committees

  • Member, doctoral committee, Andrew Litke, Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Catholic University of America “Targum Song of Songs: Language and Lexicon” — 2014-16
  • Member, doctoral committee, Robert Reimer, Psychology, Penn State University, “It’s just good leadership: Rethinking adaptive leadership” — 2015-16