Associate Professor of Religion

  • Office: Anderson Hall 253
  • Phone: (865) 273-8806

 I am a native Tennessean--born and raised just outside of Kingsport, Tennessee. When I left home for college in the fall of 1992, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to major in or what my future vocation might be. I was 'still deciding.' It was in a required course during the spring semester of my first year, Introduction to the Old Testament, that I found my calling and my passion. After graduating from Emory & Henry College with a double major in Religion and German Language and Literature, I went off to seminary and eventually pursued my doctoral degree at Emory University in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. While in graduate school, I was fortunate to serve several United Methodist congregations in the greater Atlanta area. I have a deep passion for biblical literature and am always happiest when talking about the Bible with students.  

I came to Maryville College in the fall of 2006. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love learning with students, watching them grow and discover new things, and am honored when I am invited to dream about their futures with them.

My scholarly interests focus primarily on the various ways in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims have read and interpreted sacred texts over the centuries. My dissertation, entitled Babel's Tower Translated: Genesis 11 and ancient Jewish Interpretation, was recently published by Brill Academic. I am also working on a number of projects related to the multitude of ways in which human beings think about and relate to the larger animal world. In addition, I also think zombies (yes, zombies) are really cool and am happy to teach a course, Consuming Brains: Zombies and the Liberal Arts, dealing with the "myth of the zombie" for first year students. If you would like to learn more about my interests, check out my CV.


Courses for Fall 2014

 Religion 209: Religion in Southern Appalachia

First Year Seminar 110: Apocalypse Then and Now?

Religion 344: King David in History and Tradition

Recently Published

Babel's Tower Translated: Genesis 11 and Ancient Jewish Interpretation

Review of Richard Bauckham, Living with Other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology

Review of Michael Walzer's In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible