I studied for my PhD in Hebrew Bible at Nottingham (2015-18) under Prof. Carly Crouch, funded by Midlands4Cities. I was then employed full-time as a Teaching Associate in Hebrew Bible (2018-19) before being appointed as Assistant Professor on a permanent basis in 2019 when I was also awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford. I was given research leave in 2019-20 to study at Oxford and will then return to Nottingham. I previously worked as an assistant area supervisor on the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition in Israel and am a board member of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
My research lies at the intersections of biblical studies, politics and history. I work on various aspects of pre-exilic - exilic Israel and Judah (c.1000-500 BCE) and am especially interested in the influence of politics and rhetoric on the biblical texts and their presentations of the Israelites, their land, history, and God.
Teaching - I teach undergraduate modules in Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, including Interpreting the Hebrew Bible, Women and Warfare, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and Intermediate Biblical… read more
I am currently writing a book on Athaliah, queen of Judah (2 Kings 11).
My next project focuses on the so-called 'Benjamin Conundrum.' The Bible refers to the border region between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah as 'Benjamin', and this region was important in biblical history: Saul, the first king of Israel was a Benjaminite, and Mizpah in Benjamin replaced Jerusalem as the centre of administration after the fall of the kingdom of Judah. Yet the Bible also refers to a character called 'Benjamin, son of Jacob' who features in literary narratives about Israel's origins found mostly in Genesis-Deuteronomy. My future research will investigate the relationship between Benjamin the ancestor, Benjamin the region, and the politics of identity that has resulted in the current depiction seen in the Bible.
Teaching - I teach undergraduate modules in Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew, including Interpreting the Hebrew Bible, Women and Warfare, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew. I am designing new modules on Monotheism, Prohibitions and Polemic, and Death and Resurrection that will be offered in future years.
Research Supervision - I am always happy to talk to prospective students about applying for graduate study and graduate funding, especially the Midlands4Cities application process.