I first came to Nottingham as an undergraduate student and later returned to pursue a PhD in Hebrew Bible (2018). I then worked at Nottingham as a Teaching Associate (2018-19) before being appointed as Junior Research Fellow in Theology at Merton College, Oxford (2019) and simultaneously made Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible at Nottingham.
In addition to my work at Nottingham, I serve as a co-director of the Second Temple Early Career Academy (STECA), a board member and chair of the grants committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, a steering committee member of SBL's Hebrew Bible, History and Archaeology session, and a member of the Bible and Religions of the Ancient Near East Collective (BRANE).
Other interests/advocacies include mental health, EDI initiatives, LGBTQ+ allyship, sobriety, sport and cats.
My interests are fairly wide-ranging within the Hebrew Bible and study of the ancient Near East. I am essentially an ancient historian, particularly interested in how history shaped the Bible and how the Bible has shaped our view of history. To that end, I work across most biblical books that deal with the Iron Age (the period c.1000BCE--400BCE), though, at present, most of my research is concentrated in 1-2 Kings. My current research focuses on queenship, royal female power, and the interrelations between power and gender.
I currently teach the following modules: Interpreting the Hebrew Bible (1st year); Women and Warfare in the Hebrew Bible (2nd + 3rd years); The Bible and Empire (2nd + 3rd years). Hebrew is not… read more
I am currently researching queenship and royal female power in the Hebrew Bible. My main project for the moment is writing a book on Queen Athaliah (2 Kings 11), bringing her to the attention of a… read more
I currently teach the following modules: Interpreting the Hebrew Bible (1st year); Women and Warfare in the Hebrew Bible (2nd + 3rd years); The Bible and Empire (2nd + 3rd years). Hebrew is not required to take these classes.
In addition, I teach Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (1st year); and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (2nd year).
I am currently researching queenship and royal female power in the Hebrew Bible. My main project for the moment is writing a book on Queen Athaliah (2 Kings 11), bringing her to the attention of a much wider audience and contextualising her queenship within new research on queenship in the ancient Near East and gender, power, and performance. Following that one, I have planned a more comprehensive volume on elite women and royal female power. In these works I am interested in the relationships between elite women and the role that power plays in the ancient royal courts, the Hebrew Bible, and modern readers' perceptions of powerful ancient women.
Current Research Students:
- Samuel Penny (PhD; 2021--), "Rosenzweig and the Song of Songs." [2nd supervisor]
- Samantha Harper-Robins (PhD; 2021--), "Ritual Dance in the Hebrew Bible." [2nd supervisor; Coventry]
- Abigail Naidu (PhD; 2021--), "Biblical texts in the Temple Scroll." [2nd supervisor; Uni of Birmingham]
- Lizzie Barnett (MRes; 2020--), "Eunuchs in the Hebrew Bible." [primary supervisor]
- Michael Bullock (PhD; 2017--), "The גר as Refugee." [2nd supervisor]
- Sarah Holt (PhD; 2016--), "Feeding the Hungry and Clothing the Naked." [2nd supervisor]
- Marc Cooper (PhD; 2016--), "Anthropopathisms in the Minor Prophets." [2nd supervisor]
Future research for the moment involves more work on Kings, including commentaries on 1 and 2 Kings and a book on the end of queenship. My other significant area of interest at present is adoption and identity, in both the ancient and modern worlds. I am co-editing a volume on adoption in the Hebrew Bible at present and we will organise a conference around this theme as well.