PhD Interview: Andrew D. Thrasher

School/Institution: University of Birmingham and George Mason University Areas of Interest/Research: Comparative Philosophy/Theology, Post-secularism, Asian Philosophy, and Popular Culture and Theology What is it about your field that you love researching? There are two ways of answering this question: one is personal and the other is intellectual. I’ve always been attracted to Religion because it…

PhD Interview: Emily Allsopp

School/Institution: University of Edinburgh Areas of Interest/Research: Hebrew Bible, Feminist Criticism, Prophetic Texts What is it about your field that you love researching? I love spending time with the women of the Hebrew Bible. It’s such a thrill to read a text that can seem so well known and familiar, and then flip it upside…

ECR Interview: Dr. Mateusz Kusio

School/Institution: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Areas of Interest/Research: New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, Patristics What is it about your field that you love researching? As my research is primarily philological, I am especially drawn to odd, obscure, even cryptic texts. The first ancient text that has really drawn me to itself was Revelation with its fantastic…

PhD Interview: C.J. Moore

School/Institution: Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Areas of Interest/Research: Missiology (especially theology of mission and historical missiology) and systematic theology (especially ecclesiology and soteriology). What is it about your field that you love researching? While I think all of our work in biblical and theological studies—be it NT/OT studies, systematic theology, hermeneutics, philosophy, etc.—should serve to…

PhD Interview: Anna Budhi-Thornton

School/Institution: University of Manchester Areas of Interest/Research: Masculinity and Gender in the Biblical Texts, New Testament and Feminist Theology What is it about your field that you love researching? I love exploring the perceptions of gender within the Biblical texts, and how these perceptions effect the way in which we read and understand them. Gender…

PhD Interview: Erik Eklund

School/Institution: University of Nottingham Areas of Interest/Research: Theology and literature; Vladimir Nabokov; C. S. Lewis; metafiction and mysticism (particularly related to mirrors and doubles) in 20th century literature, esp. Nabokov and Jorge Luis Borges; repetition and poetics What is it about your field that you love researching? Given the incontestable fact that Vladimir Nabokov is…

PhD Interview: Lucinda Holdsworth

School/Institution: The University of Glasgow Areas of Interest/Research: Cycles of Abuse in Contemporary Depictions of Lucifer What is it about your field that you love researching? I love seeing the creative ways in which people have taken biblical stories and repurposed them to create theologies of protest. It’s very tempting to see some of the…

ECR Interview: Dr. Jeremiah Coogan

School/Institution: Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford Areas of Interest/Research: Gospel literature, early Christianity, material texts What is it about your field that you love researching? I absolutely love to work with material texts—from late ancient papyri and ostraca to medieval manuscripts on parchment and paper to early modern printed books. Like archaeological…

Interview: jem Jebbia

School/Institution: Stanford University (Religious Studies) Areas of Interest/Research: Inter-religious Studies, Religion in the American West, Labor Studies What is it about your field that you love researching? I study Inter-religious labor movements and communities in California’s Central Valley. Although the time period of my work spans 1850-1960, the agricultural infrastructure that these communities built is…

Interview: Jonathan Homrighausen

School/Institution: Duke University Areas of Interest/Research: textually, the Hebrew Bible, especially the Song of Songs and Esther; methodologically, reception history, visual art, and manuscript studies What is it about your field that you love researching? Prof. Laura Lieber, one of my teachers at Duke, has written of Jewish liturgical poetry that “a script is merely…

Interview: Mie Astrup Jensen

School/Institution: University College London (UCL) Areas of Interest/Research: Gender and Sexuality Studies and Hebrew and Jewish Studies What is it about your field that you love researching? I love the intersection between gender, sexuality, and religion. At university I did courses in sociology, anthropology, and religious studies, and I couldn’t decide on just one discipline….

Interview: Mikel Del Rosario

School/Institution: Dallas Theological Seminary Areas of Interest/Research: Historical Jesus Studies, Jesus’ Self-Understanding, Jesus’ Claim to Authority What is it about your field that you love researching? Regardless of religious views, it is no understatement to say that Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential Jew who ever lived. 33% of the world self-identify as Christians….

Interview: Adeline Harrington

School/Institution: University of Texas at Austin Areas of Interest/Research: Early Christian social history, papyrology, Orthodoxy/Heresy, Christian Apocrypha, Coptic, Late Antiquity, and Ritualized Space/Sacred space What is it about your field that you love researching? Papyrology has been an obsession of mine since high school. There is nothing like looking at or touching a delicate manuscript that…

Interview: James R. Hamrick

School/Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (PhD student); University of Minnesota (MSW student) Areas of Interest/Research: Early Judaism (especially Jubilees); Ge’ez language and literature; religion and mental health; Western and psychological receptions of Buddhism; religion and non-human animals.  What is it about your field that you love researching? I was drawn to scriptural reception history because I found it…

Interview: Victoria Price

School/Institution: Graduate Theological Union, Center for Dharma Studies Areas of Interest/Research: Hindu Studies, Disability Studies, and the use of digital communication technologies in Hindu religious spaces What is it about your field that you love researching? I’ve been drawn to the history of Hinduism since my teenage years. For me, studying the world’s oldest living…

Interview: Rev. Topher Endress

School/Institution: University of Aberdeen Areas of Interest/Research: Disability Theology, Ecclesiology, Spatiality, Human Geography, Architectural Theory, Medical/Public Health Ethics, Christian History, Satire What is it about your field that you love researching? The Christian church has always been talking about disabled folks, but usually it’s all implicit or couched in terms that aren’t very helpful or…

Interview: Louise Gallorini

School/Institution: American University of Beirut Areas of Interest/Research: Medieval Islamic Studies, Arabic literature, mysticism What is it about your field that you love researching? I love researching medieval documents and ideas. There is a massive output of Arabic written material from that time, as if as soon as they got the paper formula from China,…

Interview: Dan York

School/Institution: Durham University Areas of Interest/Research: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Judaism, Early Christianity, History of Modern Biblical Interpretation.  What is it about your field that you love researching? I love reading ancient texts in their original languages.  What is one “big idea” in your scholarship? In terms of my doctoral project, the “big idea” is…

ECR Interview: Dr. Miriam DeCock

School/Institution: Aarhus University Areas of Interest/Research: early Christian exegetical culture; patristics; late antiquity; biblical reception; ancient authorship and book culture; Origen of Alexandria What is it about your field that you love researching? Since I began reading early Christian exegetical texts as a Master’s student, I’ve been quite taken with how creative these interpreters were,…

ECR Interview: Dr. Andrew Cowan

School/Institution: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (PhD from University of St Andrews) Areas of Interest/Research: Luke-Acts, Ancient Historiography, Empire Studies, Pauline Theology, Second Temple Judaism, Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics What is it about your field that you love researching? First, thanks for allowing me to do this; I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce myself to some new people,…

Interview: Maryanne Saunders*

* Maryanne has recently passed her viva voce and awaits the conferral of her degree. School/Institution: King’s College London Areas of Interest/Research: Art, Religion, Gender and Sexuality What is it about your field that you love researching? I think I get to study all the fun bits of many disciplines. I work across art history,…

Interview: Travis Wright

School/Institution: University of Cambridge Areas of Interest/Research: Historical Linguistics, Septuagint What is it about your field that you love researching? Although most of my work is in historical linguistics, I am an exegete at heart. It was exegesis that led me into biblical languages, and the languages into linguistics. What I love about my field…

Interview: Amanda Summers

School/Institution: Temple University Areas of Interest/Research: History, Spanish Empire, Spanish Inquisition What is it about your field that you love researching? I really love researching Inquisition cases from the Spanish colonies. They are a treasure trove of human complexity. For Spain, as for so many other locations, religion was interwoven into everything from the day-to-day…

Interview: Brandon Hurlbert

School/Institution: Durham University Areas of Interest/Research: Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Hermeneutics, Bible and Violence, Bible and Pop-culture, Bible & Film What is it about your field that you love researching? I just love the Bible. Some of its stories (and poetry!) continue to captivate me even though I grew up hearing them as a…

Interview: Rachel Al Rubai

School/Institution: University of Toronto Areas of Interest/Research: Late antique asceticism, archaeology, and early Christian women What is it about your field that you love researching? I love approaching questions that are interdisciplinary in nature. I think that the history of gender, religion, and sexuality is one that utilizes theories from many different fields. As such,…

Interview: Yehuda Mansell

School/Institution: Durham University/Vancouver School of Theology Areas of Interest/Research: Biblical Studies, Theology, Semitics, Ancient Near Eastern Studies What is it about your field that you love researching? My field is like a complex treasure map with so many interesting diversions and points of interest. I’m infinitely curious about so many things, and my field provides…

Interview: Madison Tarleton

School/Institution: University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion Areas of Interest/Research: Medieval Judaism in Christian Europe and early forms of anti-Judaic and anti-Semitic material culture What is it about your field that you love researching? While my research is often challenging to work, I find purpose and meaning…

Interview: Gideon Sam

School/Institution: The University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Areas of Interest/Research: Social world of Luke-Acts, Lucan meals, and Theology of hunger and hospitality  What is it about your field that you love researching? I love setting-out biblical and theological principles in aiding the Church and theological institution in their journey with the oppressed and marginalised. In particular,…

ECR Interview: Dr. Susannah Crockford

School/Institution: Currently between institutions Areas of Interest/Research: Anthropology of Religion/Religion and Politics What is it about your field that you love researching? I’ve always been attracted to learning about groups/individuals/ideas/practices that are deemed “marginal” or “fringe” because these terms are relational. What is fringe in one period/place is mainstream in another. The social positions of…

ECR Interview: Dr. Matt Sharp

School/Institution: University of Edinburgh Areas of Interest/Research: Paul’s letters, Greek and Roman religion, Ancient philosophy What is it about your field that you love researching? I love that the texts of the Bible (as well as other ancient texts) address some big and philosophical questions about life, death, God and the world, but that they…

Interview: Mia Theocharis

School/Institution: University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto  Areas of Interest/Research: Historical Theology, Jewish-Christian Relations What is it about your field that you love researching? I love piecing together the historical narrative of Jewish-Christian relations because it allows me to fully understand the relationship between both faiths in our present context. I’m…

Interview: Gregory E. Lamb

School/Institution: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) Areas of Interest/Research: Biblical Studies – NT What is it about your field that you love researching? I love listening to the voices of scholars past and being a part of an interpretive community of lifelong learners. In this sense, every voice has a unique perspective and important role…

Interview: Emily Qureshi-Hurst

School/Institution: University of Oxford Areas of Interest/Research: Science and Religion, Philosophy of Time, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Physics.  What is it about your field that you love researching? I love the interdisciplinarity of my research. I’ve always struggled to focus on one thing – I loved all three of my A-level subjects, studied a…

Interview: Mark Stone

School/Institution: Emory University Areas of Interest/Research: Hebrew Bible; Ancient Near Eastern literature; diachronic criticism; hermeneutics; theodicy What is it about your field that you love researching? One of the most curious things about the Hebrew Bible is that it is so transparently a project of compromise. And I mean this in the best, most profound…

Interview: Rebecca Faulkner

School/Institution: Princeton University Areas of Interest/Research: Islam What is it about your field that you love researching? There is an incredible beauty and pleasure in reading poetry as a major part of my work. I love being able to center the arts in research about political and economic philosophy. In big-picture terms, South Asian Studies,…

Interview: Caleb Rogers

School/Institution: University of Glasgow Areas of Interest/Research: Early-Modern Theological Anthropology What is one “big idea” in your scholarship? To call this a “big idea” might be a bit premature, but one idea that I’m currently investigating is whether it can be said that being renewed in the image of God (in a Colossians 3:10 sort…

Interview: Grace Emmett

School/Institution: King’s College London Areas of Interest/Research: Masculinity studies, Pauline epistles, New Testament, Bible and film What is it about your field that you love researching? Masculinity studies fascinates me because of its ability to interrogate what is often ‘unmarked’ in biblical literature and biblical interpretation; these are texts that (to the best of our…

ECR Interview: Dr. Kai Akagi

School/Institution: Lecturer in New Testament at Japan Bible Seminary (Seisho Senkyokai); University of St Andrews (PhD in New Testament, 2017) Areas of Interest/Research: Gospels, Acts, Second Temple Judaism What is it about your field that you love researching? I began studying the Bible formally not because of initial intentions of becoming an academic, but out…

Interview: Matteo Poiani

School/Institution: Université de Strasbourg / The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Areas of Interest/Research: History of Religions, Syriac Christianity, Greek-Latin patrology, Late Antiquity What is it about your field that you love researching? I must admit that I’m fond of Patrology in general: I think that Greek and Latin authors of Late Antiquity are amazing: their…

Interview: Sahar Ahmed

School/Institution: School of Law, Trinity College Dublin Areas of Interest/Research: Freedom of Religion, International Human Rights Law, Islamic jurisprudence What is it about your field that you love researching? I love researching things that directly impact who I am. I’ve never believed in ‘academic objectivity’ and that holds true particularly for subjects like Islam, ‘the…

Interview: Luke Irwin

School/Institution: Durham University Areas of Interest/Research: Divine Transcendence, The Gospel of John, Invisibility, Philosophy of Place What is it about your field that you love researching? I’m fascinated with the congruencies and incongruencies in the NT and Hebrew Bible’s portrayals of God.   What is one “big idea” in your scholarship? God can be fully present…

Interview: Rebekah Hanson

School/Institution: University of Chichester Areas of Interest/Research: Biblical reception in digital culture What is it about your field that you love researching? I enjoy exploring the creative things people do with the Bible which demonstrates how people experience the Bible in different ways.  What is one “big idea” in your scholarship? When I write about…

Interview: Samuel Ernest

School/Institution: Yale University Areas of Interest/Research: Theology, gay literature, queer theory, HIV/AIDS What is it about your field that you love researching? I’m in a part of the academy in which working with gay and queer texts in a theological context makes sense or is obvious, even, but historically, it’s an unlikely thing. The work…

Interview: Jeannie Sellick

School/Institution: University of Virginia Areas of Interest/Research: Early Christian ascetic & monastic movements/Gender & Sexuality/Masculinity studies  What is it about your field that you love researching? I love the pure wackiness of religion & early Christianity. The canonical texts, the apocrypha, the patristic commentaries, the controversies – so much of it is weird in the…

ECR Interview: Dr. Jonathan Rowlands

School/Institution: Undergraduate Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St. Mellitus College, East Midlands Areas of Interest/Research: Historical Jesus Research, Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Matthew’s Gospel, Hebrews What is it about your field that you love researching? Definitely methodology. I’ve always been really interested with questions of how we study (and how we should study) the…

Interview: Philippa Juliet Meek-Smith

School/Institution: University of Exeter Areas of Interest/Research: Mormon Studies, Mormon Fundamentalism, Polygamy, Religion and Law, Sociology of Religion, Religion and the Media What is it about your field that you love researching? I enjoy learning new things that have yet to be fully explored, I particularly enjoy carrying out ethnographic fieldwork which gives me the…

Interview: Chance Bonar

School/Institution: Harvard University Areas of Interest/Research: Early Christianity; Shepherd of Hermas; Christian Apocrypha; Papyrology; Coptic Studies; Authorship & Attribution What is it about your field that you love researching? I love being able to research and explore the rhetoric, narratives, and histories that ancient writers used to categorize and make sense of their world. I’m concerned with…

Interview: Camille Leon Angelo

School/Institution: Yale University Areas of Interest/Research: Archaeology, Late Antiquity, Ancient Christianity, Roman and Late Antique Egypt, Material Culture, Visual Culture, Gender, Sexuality and Queer Studies, Monasticism  What is it about your field that you love researching? I am fascinated by the diversity, imagination, and eccentricities of ancient Christian communities and their spaces. It’s so common…

Interview: Allen Hutchison

School/Institution: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa (near Cape Town) Areas of Interest/Research: Inner-Biblical Allusion / Chronicles / Exodus What is it about your field that you love researching? I studied communication in undergrad and love thinking about what people say and why they say it the way they do. When it comes to the Bible,…

ECR Interview: Dr. Julia Lindenlaub

School/Institution: University of Edinburgh Areas of Interest/Research: Early Christian Literature (Gospels, Apocrypha, Nag Hammadi); Authors, Texts, and Readers in Early Christianity What is it about your field that you love researching? What really captivates me about researching early Christianity is exploring its unique blend of history, language, and literature and how these interwoven dimensions inform…