Working within the western stream of the Department of Religious Studies, my primary areas of teaching and research have to do with Second Temple Judaism (ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE). In particular, I concentrate on how Second Temple Judaism was a birthing environment for the origins of Christianity and early Judaism. I am interested in group identity and self-definition in the ancient context.
Currently, I am the Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary. My
research at the Humanities Institute focuses on the role of the humanities for meaning-making in light of ‘place’ studies, as well as authority and civil society.
Not accepting new Graduate Students as of January 2012.