About Me

I am currently Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the University of Nottingham, where I teach and research in a number of areas relating to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Hebrew language and exegesis.

My doctoral students work on a diverse range of subjects, including the ethics of nakedness in the Old Testament; biblical attitudes to the stranger, the foreigner, and the refugee; religious and political polemic in ancient Israel; narrative in the Song of Songs; divine emotion in the Twelve; and the conceptualisation of colour in the ancient world.. This year they have had articles accepted in Journal of Theological StudiesVetus Testamentum, and Journal of Biblical Literature; multiple successes in the AHRC funding scheme; and delivered conference papers at the Annual and International Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature.

I also direct the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology, which aims to bring together biblical and historical scholars with systematic and philosophical theologians to address contemporary issues in theology and religious studies. We have a regular programme of workshops and events bringing together scholars and members of the public, including most recently a day conference on forced migration and the book of Jeremiah.

A native Californian, I did my first degree at Scripps College in Claremont, Ca., focussing mainly on twentieth century theology and ethics, then moved to Oxford to pursue ethics in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament under the supervision of John Barton. Before coming to Nottingham I held research fellowships at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Keble College, Oxford, where I also taught in the Faculties of Divinity (Cambridge) and Theology (Oxford).