Received B.A. in Classical Greek and Latin from Brigham Young University, August 1990; M.A. Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania, May 1992; and Ph.D. Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania, Dec 1997. Joined the faculty at BYU full-time in 1994 as an Instructor of Classics, becoming an Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History in 1997. Transferred to the College of Religious Education, becoming an Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture in 2003 and an Associate Professor in 2008. He was appointed as the coordinator of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies program in August 2012 after spending a year teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center.Curriculm Vitae December 2013
Education, Experience, and Awards
Ph.D. in Ancient History and Classics, University of Pennsylvania December 1997, dissertation: “The Family and Property of Livia Drusilla.”
M.A. in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania May 1992, thesis: “Fourth Century Marriage, Motherhood, and Power: The Role of Women in the Macedonian Court.”
B.A. in Classical Greek and Latin, Brigham Young University August 1990, summa cum laude and highest honors
II. Academic Employment History
Adjunct Research Fellow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.
Full-time faculty, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, Affiliated Faculty, Classics and Ancient History: Fall 2008–present.
Specialties: New Testament Studies, especially Johannine Literature, Pauline Epistles, and Luke-Acts; Early Christianity and the Roman World; historical context of the Bible.
Full-time faculty, Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture, Affiliated Faculty, Classics and Ancient History: Fall 2003–2008
Full-time faculty, Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History: Winter 1998–Summer 2003.
Specialties: Greek and Roman history, Greek and Latin language and grammar, historical authors, women in antiquity.
Full-time faculty, Instructor: Fall 1994–Fall 1997.
Part-time faculty, Brigham Young University: Summers of 1991–94.
Student Instructor, Brigham Young University: Winter and Fall 1989, Spring and Summer 1990.
III. Awards and Honors
Honors Professor of the Year, 2011
Susan and Harvey Black Outstanding Publication Award in Ancient Scripture, March 2010.
Alcuin Fellow, Brigham Young University, 2009–2011 (awarded August 2008)
University of Pennsylvania: William Penn Fellow; senior writing fellow.
Brigham Young University: National Merit, Karl G. Maeser, and Hinckley scholar; Eta Sigma Phi (secretary-treasurer, vice president, president); Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Announcements and Upcoming Events
September 12: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, Denver
August 18-21 “Worship: Encountering and Being Transformed by God,” BYU Education Week
August 17 “LDS Christology and the Gospel of John,” BYU Education Week
August 5-11 Aspen Grove Family Camp
April 22: “Grateful for Grace: Appreciating the Saving and Transforming Power of Jesus Christ,” YSA 18th Stake Fireside
April 30: Womens Conference 2015 "Wells of Trust Fanning Flames of Faith"
May 8–9: “The Search for the ‘Real’ Jesus of Nazareth: The Jesus of Faith, History, and Revelation,” Miller-Eccles Study Group, Fullerton and La Cañada, California
September 24 Second John A. Widtsoe Symposium, “Religion in the Public Square,” 7:00-9:00, tutor Center Ballroom, USC, Los Angeles (with the following link:
October 9 “The Footsteps of Jesus: Remembering His Miracles,” Cruise Lady Learn Our Religion Series, 7:00, 9118 S Redwood, West Jordan
November 8: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, St. George
November 14: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, Portland