Tarah earned her first two degrees in Austin, Texas: a BA in English at The University of Texas and an MA in Religion at the Seminary of the Southwest. She then moved to Nottingham to pursue an MA in Theology. She finally stayed on at Nottingham under the supervision of Carly Crouch to earn her PhD in Theology in 2016, receiving the Dean Moore Endowed Postgraduate Award for her research and contribution to the department.
Tarah began teaching at the University of Nottingham as a Postgraduate student, receiving the University's Postgraduate Teaching Award in 2015. She now joins the department full-time. When she isn't teaching, she's making every attempt to explore the UK!
Tarah teaches and contributes to several of the department's modules.
Her teaching and incorporation of Project-based learning has earned her a reputation for delivering creative and intriguing sessions that place a strong emphasis on technology and interaction. She regularly incorporates a range of new media to facilitate student discussion or immerse students into a historical event. Recent examples include setting students into a 12-person mock jury to weigh a contemporary criminal case with just the laws and ethics of a religious tradition; using video-recorded street interviews in Palestine and Israel as "live" applications in a seminar on ethnic and religious identity, and finally, using newspaper headlines and radio recordings to help situate students inside the British perception of Hitler's threat in 1932.
Currently, Tarah is exploring how she can use her multi-media aids to incorporate under-represented global voices into class discussions on topics that are traditionally Euro-centric.
Tarah has recently contributed to:
The TRS "Why Study" video series
The Politics of Fear and the Shift to the Right
The Business of Slavery Conference
Emotions and the Biblical World