I joined Princeton’s Program in the Ancient World in 2014 after receiving a MAR in the History of Christianity from Yale University and degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My interests cluster around Christians in the later Roman Empire, book history, legal history, and the history of epistemology.
My dissertation approaches Christianization from a new angle: not the Christianization of people, but of structures of knowledge. In it, I trace changes to documentary practice and readerly expectations across technical literature from the late fourth through the middle of the fifth century CE. I explore late antique scholarly productions ranging from Christian theological tractates and conciliar acta to Roman juristic writings and authoritative legal compendia, military handbooks, grammatical treatises, and the Palestinian Talmud in order to explore the ways that imperial Christianity inflected the production of truth even in domains that do no constructive theological work. Bishops, rabbis, and jurists in the Theodosian era produced definitive statements of sophisticated intellectual traditions with startlingly similar forms, and I argue that all are best understood as products of a considerably unified, and novel, book culture that arose in the peculiar Theodosian moment.
I am co-director of the Solomon’s Pools Archaeological Project, and a field archaeologist with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, where I focus on excavation of the Roman 6th Legion “Ferrata” castra in Legio, Israel.
I am a fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR’19) and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In fall 2019 I will be a Visiting Scholar in the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità of La Sapienza University, Rome, and I will spend spring and summer of 2020 in Athens as the Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies.
- “Christians and the Codex: Generic Materiality and Early Gospel Traditions” with Matthew D. C. Larsen. Journal of Early Christian Studies 27.3 (2019): 383–415.
- Review of Brent Nongbri, God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts. Journal of Late Antiquity 12.2 (2019).
- “Survey and excavations at Solomon’s Pools, Palestine: 2018 preliminary report” with Matthew J. Adams. Palestinian Exploration Quarterly 151.1 (2019): 15–35.
- Rethinking ‘Authority’ in Late Antiquity: Authorship, Law, and Transmission in Jewish and Christian Tradition, edited with AJ Berkovitz. Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies. London: Routledge, 2018.
- “Authority in Contemporary Historiography” with AJ Berkovitz in Rethinking ‘Authority’ in Late Antiquity eds. Berkovitz and Letteney. London: Routledge, 2018.
- “Authenticity and Authority: the case for dismantling a dubious correlation” in Rethinking ‘Authority’ in Late Antiquity eds. Berkovitz and Letteney. London: Routledge, 2018.
- Review of Uta Heil, Annette von Stockhausen (eds.), Die Synoden im trinitarischen Streit: Über die Etablierung eines synodalen Verfahrens und die Probleme seiner Anwendung im 4. und 5. Jahrhundert. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.03.50
- Review of Noel Lenski, Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics. Ancient Jew Review, October 2017
- “Toward a New Scribal Tendency: reciprocal corruptions and the text of 1 Corinthians 8:2-3” Journal of Biblical Literature 135.2 (2016): 389-402.