Curriculum Vitae

My research and professional interests are focused on issues in theological studies and the historical reception of the Bible. Much of my theology is centered around readings of the Old Testament, but the broader theological tradition of Christianity is my source of academic reflection. The themes that predominate in Christian forms of liturgy and culture provide a deep source for research material. Each opportunity to communicate the continuing vitality of the Bible in religious communities can draw from this experience, but non-religious adaptations of Jewish and Christian thought is of great interest to me as well.


Education

M.Div., Vanderbilt University, Divinity School, projected 2019

  • Concentrations: (1) Global Christianities and Interreligious Encounter, and (2) Mediterranean and Near Eastern Cultures
  • Certificate in Jewish Studies

M.A. in Religion, Pepperdine University, Seaver College, 2017

  • Concentration: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

B.A. in Biblical Studies, Hope International University, Pacific Christian College, 2014

  • Cum Laude, Pi Beta Sigma

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Christian Doctrine, College of Theology & Christian Ministry, Belmont University (August 2017-May 2018)
  • Teaching Assistant, Western History I, Humanities & Teaching Division, Pepperdine University (January-May 2016)
  • Teaching Assistant, History and Literature of Ancient Israel, Religion & Philosophy Division, Pepperdine University (January-May 2015)
  • Teaching Assistant, Western History III, Humanities & Teaching Division, Pepperdine University (August-December 2014)

Participation in Conferences and Professional Societies

Research Presentations (selected)

  1. “Orienting Catholic Exegesis Against Anti-Semitic Interpretations of the Bible: An Analysis of the Jerome Biblical Commentary,” College Theology Society Annual Convention, St. Catherine University: Saint Paul, MN (June 2018)
  2. “Paradise Abandoned: Frankenstein and Shelley’s Literary Conception of Spiritual Death,” Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Union University: Jackson, TN (April 2018)
  3. “The Degrading Transformations of Nebuchadnezzar and Jekyll: R.L. Stevenson’s Reception of Daniel 4 in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Creation and Destruction: Beginnings and Ends in Religious Thought, Duke University: Durham, NC (February 2018)
  4. “Problematizing and Renegotiating Histories of Satan,” American Academy of Religion New England & Canadian Maritimes Regional Meeting, Boston University: Boston, MA (April 2017)
  5. “Indeterminacy as Job’s Theodical Voice: A Suggested Addendum to David B. Burrell’s Critique of Theodicy,” Second Annual Marquette Scripture Project Graduate Conference: Biblical Ethics in the 21st Century, Marquette University: Milwaukee, WI (April 2016)
  6. “Wittgenstein and the Unfinalizable Dialogue of Job: Reconciliation in the Grammar of 42:1-6,” American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting, Harvard University: Cambridge, MA (March 2016)
  7. “Embodying Job’s Disinterested Righteousness: A Hermeneutics of Suspicion as the Satan’s Gift to Refine Christian Motives,” Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, U.C. Berkeley: Berkeley, CA. (March 2015)

Session or Panel Convener

  1. “Phenomtheology: Falque and Kierkegaard,” American Academy of Religion New England Maritime Regional Meeting, Boston University: Boston, MA (April 2017)
  2. “Religion’s Histories (1); Politics of Religion: Sexuality (2); Religious Texts and Sacred Sources (3); and Buddhist Perspectives (4),” Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, U.C. Berkeley: Berkeley, CA (April 2015)

Awards and Fellowships

  1. Essay Competition Runner-up, “Peace & Joy in Augustine,” Joy and Adolescent Faith & Flourishing Essay Competition, Yale Center for Faith & Culture, Yale Divinity School (April 2018)
  2. HASTAC Scholar (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University (September 2017-May 2018)
  3. Emerging Scholar Award, Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society (January 2015)
  4. Knofel Staton Christian Communication Award, Hope International University (May 2014)
  5. Zondervan Excellence in Theology Award, Hope International University (May 2014)
  6. Best of Show Award: Four-year Less Than Weekly, Associated Collegiate Press (March 2014)

Scholarships and Grants

  1. Project Member Travel Stipend, The Future of Joy & the Good Life, Yale Center for Faith & Culture, Yale Divinity School (August 2018)
  2. Graduate Travel Grant, Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature, Union University (April 2018)
  3. Graduate Conference Travel Stipend, Third Annual Master’s Conference, Duke Graduate Department of Religious Studies, Duke University (December 2017)
  4. Digital Humanities Stipend and Conference Funding, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University (September 2017)
  5. Conference Registration Scholarship, Fourth International Conference on Hate Studies, Gonzaga University (September 2017)
  6. Divinity Merit Scholarship, Vanderbilt University, Divinity School (August 2016)
  7. Seaver Graduate Student Scholarship Development Grant, Pepperdine University (March 2016)
  8. Religion & Philosophy Division Travel Grant, Pepperdine University (November 2015)
  9. Seaver Graduate Student Scholarship Development Grant, Pepperdine University (October 2015)
  10. Seaver Graduate Student Scholarship Development Grant, Pepperdine University (March 2015)
  11. J.P. Sanders Institutional Scholarship, Pepperdine University (August 2014)
  12. Trustee Leadership Scholarship, Hope International University (August 2010)

Professional Involvement and Service Experience

  • Athletic Tutor, Athletics Academic Support, Pepperdine University (February-May 2016)
  • Member, Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature, International Comparative Literature Association (March 2016-Present)
  • On-Campus Student Representative, Pepperdine University, Society of Biblical Literature (November 2014-2016)
  • Member, Exemption/Appeal Committee, Convocation Program, Pepperdine University (August 2014-April 2016)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Hope International Tribune, Hope International University (August 2011-May 2014; ACP Award in 2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • College Theology Society (CTS): Student Member
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL): Student Member
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR): Student Member
  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)

Media Coverage

  • Yale Center for Faith & Culture, Joy and Adolescent Faith & Flourishing Essay Competition Winners 2018, Yale Divinity School (April 2018) – (link)
  • Pepperdine University, “Student Research on ‘The Satan’ in the Book of Job,” Seaver College Highlights 2015-16 (December 4, 2016) – (link)
  • James F. Keenan, “Biblical Ethics in the Twenty-First Century,” Commonweal Magazine (April 13, 2016) – (link)

Research Languages

  • Reading Languages: Tiberian Hebrew (proficient), Imperial/Biblical Aramaic (proficient), Koine Greek, Classical Syriac
  • Coursework: Northwest Semitic Epigraphy (Old Aramaic, Phoenician, Moabite, Old Hebrew) and Historical Hebrew Grammar