I came to Oxford in October 2013 having previously held a post at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. Prior to that I was Kennicott Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Oxford.
I have a wide range of teaching experience and I enjoy teaching at all levels. I am keen to supervise doctoral students, especially those with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to ancient texts.
Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible
My research is characterised by methodologically robust interdisciplinary engagement with primary texts. I am particularly interested in how social anthropology can facilitate new insights into ancient texts. Research areas wherein I have previously published include, but are not restricted to: marriage practices in ancient Israel, ethnicity in the postexilic period, migration and return migration, the books of Ezra-Nehemiah, and of Judges. I am currently doing research on medical anthropology and the book of Job.
In 2017 I received funding from the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support for Public Engagement with Research and I ran a project involving three international conferences, open to the public, with NHS healthcare chaplains. I also received funding from TORCH (Medical Humanities Award) to run a conference on methods in medical humanities.
At St John’s College, Oxford I run an annual study day and book competition. I am keen to recruit undergraduates and welcome applications in Theology to the college.