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Curriculum vitae

Academic Positions

  • 12.2018–present: Principal Investigator
    BMBF Kleine Fächer Project “Communities of Knowledge: Interreligious Networks of Scholars in Ibn Abi Usaybiʿa’s History of the Physicians” (usaybia.net), Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 02.2018–11.2018: part-time parental leave
  • 10.2017–11.2018: Senior Research Associate
    DFG Project “Biblia Arabica,” Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 10.2015–06.2017: Postdoctoral Scholar
    National Endowment for the Humanities Project “Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal,” Vanderbilt University
  • 10.2015–09.2017: Guest Researcher
    Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 08.2013–05.2015: Teaching Fellow
    First-Year Experience Program, School of Theology & Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
  • 08.2014–12.2014: Teaching Assistant
    Semitic & Egyptian Languages & Literatures Dept., The Catholic University of America
  • 08.2012–08.2014: Part-Time Research Assistant
    National Endowment for the Humanities and Balzan Foundation Project “Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal,” Beth Mardutho Institute and Vanderbilt University
  • 08.2011–05.2012: Part-Time Research Assistant
    Semitic & Egyptian Languages & Literatures Dept., The Catholic University of America

Education

  • 2011–2015: Ph.D., Semitic & Egyptian Languages & Literatures (Arabic & Syriac)
    The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    Dissertation: “Closest Friendship? Al-Jāḥiẓ' Profile of Christians in Abbasid Society in ‘The Refutation of Christians’ (Al-Radd ʿalā al-Naṣārā)”
    Defended 23.04.15 “with distinction”
    Supervisor:
    Sidney H. Griffith
  • 2009–2011: M.A., Semitic & Egyptian Languages & Literatures (Arabic & Syriac)
    The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    Adviser: Sidney H. Griffith
  • 2007–2010: M.A. (with honors), Biblical History & Geography (Historical Geography)
    Jerusalem University College, Jerusalem, Israel
    Thesis: “From the Day the Israelites Came up from Egypt: The Exodus as Geographical Argumentation in the Former Prophets according to Toulmin's Model of Argument”
    Supervisor: Paul H. Wright
  • 2004–2006: B.A. (magna cum laude), Religion (Bible and Communications)
    Kentucky Mountain Bible College, Vancleve, KY
    Adviser: John E. Neihof, Jr.

Courses Taught

  • Manuscript Hunters (with Prof. Dr. Ronny Vollandt),
    Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Winter 2018–2019. M.A. research seminar.
  • Rabbinic Judaism from Within and Without (with Prof. Dr. Ronny Vollandt),
    Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Winter 2017–2018. B.A. Proseminar/Übung.
  • Introduction to Islam, School of Theology & Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
    Spring 2015. 2 undergraduate sections.
  • Faith Seeking Understanding, School of Theology & Religious Studies, The Catholic Univ. of America
    Fall 2013–Spring 2015. 5 undergraduate sections.
  • Introduction to Arabic, Semitic & Egyptian Languages & Literatures, The Catholic Univ. of America
    Fall 2014. 1 graduate section (twice-weekly drilling sessions).

Awards & Grants

Activities

Languages

  • Native: English
  • Research (Historical): Classical & Christian Arabic, Aramaic (esp. Syriac), Hebrew, Biblical Greek
  • Research (Modern): German, French
  • Conversational: Russian, German (B1)

Digital Humanities Expertise

  • Code: XML (TEI), xQuery, XSLT, HTML, CSS
  • Database Systems: eXist-db, Excel, Filemaker, Drupal (CMS)

Research Interests

  • Networks of late-antique and medieval scholarship across religious boundaries
  • The intersection of intellectual and cultural history in texts from diverse religious communities
  • Social and cultural warrants in interreligious reasoning and argumentation
  • Personal and rhetorical encounters among Near Eastern religious communities
  • Polemic as a tool for historical investigation
  • The role of intertextuality in argumentation