My research and published work investigates the history of Christian theology during the Patristic and Early-Medieval time periods with a particular focus on Greek and Syriac spirituality and ascetical literature. My first book, Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology (Oxford University Press), examines the spirituality of Isaac of Nineveh, a Syriac speaking monk who was born in Qatar in the seventh-century and lived in Southeast Iraq, and provides the first comprehensive investigation of Isaac's Syriac cultural heritage. My research on Isaac provides the Christian tradition with a different lens through which to view its own history so that it can become truly catholic (i.e. universal) and capable of engaging the faith of non-Western Christians.
In my CORE classes at Seton Hall University, I offer a forum for critical thinking and discussion of historical texts with the goal of reflecting on how history interacts with modern culture and with the lives of each of my students.
- Ph.D., Marquette University
- M.A., University of Virginia
- B.A., Wheaton College
- “Redemption for the Serpent: The Reception History of Serpent Material from the Physiologus in the Greek, Latin, and Syriac Traditions,” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 22:3 (2018): 422-455.
- "Free Will and Ascetical Labor: How Babai the Great Fixes the Platonic Conception
of the Soul,"
Journal of Eastern Christian Studies70:3-4 (2018): 193-222.
- "Bonaventure's Use of Jerusalem as Metaphor for Protological and Eschatological Human
Downside Review136:2 (2018): 118-132.
- Isaac of Nineveh’s Ascetical Eschatology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.)
- “The Itinerant Mind in Dadisho Qatraya’s Commentary on Abba Isaiah: Perfection in the East-Syriac Tradition,” Studia Monastica 58:2 (2016): 2019-41.
- “Babai the Great’s Exegesis of Paul as Corrective to Evagrian Eschatology.” In Biblical & Qur’anic Traditions in the Middle East, 163-82. Edited by Cornelia B. Horn and Sydney H. Griffith. Warwick: Abelian Academic, 2016.
- “Lowering in order to be Raised, Emptying in order to be Filled: The Ascetical System of the Book of Steps.” Pages 297-312 in Breaking the Mind: New Studies in the Syriac Book of Steps. Edited by Kristian S. Heal and Robert A. Kitchen. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2013.
- “The Exaltation of Seth and Nazirite Asceticism in the Cave of Treasures.” Vigiliae Christianae 68:3 (2014): 310-28.
- “Angelic Pneumatology in the Egyptian Desert: The Role of the Angels and the Holy Spirit in Evagrian Asceticism.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 19:2 (2011): 287-305.
- “The Transmission of Evagrian Theological Concepts into East Syrian Christianity: A Comparison of Evagrius and Sahdona on Contemplation and Anthropology,” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 54:1-4 (2009): 77-96.
- North American Patristics Society Small Research Grant, 2014