Bergendoff Visiting Fellow, Augustana College 2015-2017
Visiting Assistant Professor, Beloit College 2014-2015
My research concerns the Hebrew Bible-- nothing more, but also nothing less. That means I study a lot of writing from the ancient world, whether or not it was written by Jews and whether or not it eventually became part of the Bible. Specifically, I focus on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, and the ways that they have impacted the development of (respectively) globalism and nationalism in the modern world.
I am also active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, with publications on backward design and the use of sacred canons in religious studies classes.
Co-chair of the Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah program unity of the Society of Biblical Literature
Peer Reviewer for publishers of scholarly books on ancient Judaism