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Ph.D. in Ancient History    University of California, Irvine     June 1999

Dissertation: “The Sibylline Oracles and the Problems of Empire: The Construction of a Transcendent Christian Ideology.”

                        Committee: Richard I. Frank, James B. Given, & Daniel J. Schroeter. 

 Summary: Examines the ways Christians, building on the previous        work of Hellenized Jews, used the Sibylline Oracles to represent their faith as the fulfillment of Greco-Roman cultural ideals, while also subverting Greco-Roman polytheism and hegemony.

Examination Fields: Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome.

Passed with distinction.

M.Div. in Biblical Studies  Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada Dec. 1994

Final Paper: “The Concept of Purity in 11QTemple.” Examines the social function of the purity regulations described in The Temple Scroll using the methodology employed in Mary Douglas’ analysis of Leviticus.

B.S. in Journalism                Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff  May 1986



"From Aeschylus to Avatar: Rethinking Prometheus" at the Community College Humanities Association Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, November 12, 2010.

Sex & the City's Carrie Bradshaw and Nietzsche’s Free Spirit.” The CCHA Humanist.  2007.

"Sex & the City's Carrie Bradshaw: Nietzsche's Übermensch,"  CCHA Pacific Western Division Conference.  (2006).

[Review] Nasrallah, Laura. An Ecstasy of Folly: Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity for The Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.

[Review] Jones, F. Stanley (ed.). Which Mary? The Marys of Early Christian Tradition for Review of Biblical Literature,  2004.

“Berenice II” for Dictionary of World Biography: The Ancient World, Revised Edition.  Pasadena: Salem Press, 2003.

[Review] Levine, Amy-Jill (ed. A Feminist Companion to Mark for Review of Biblical Literature, 2003.

 [Review] de Silva, David. A. Introducing the Apocrypha for Journal of Biblical Literature, 2003.

[Review] Rowland, Christopher. Christian Origins for Journal of Biblical Literature, 2003.

 “What is the Fifth Sibylline Oracle?” Journal for the Study of Judaism.  33/4(2002), pp. 363-385.

 “Theodoret of Cyrrhus.” The Encyclopedia of the Ancient World.  Salem Press, 2001.

 “Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity: A Reappraisal.” Presented at a joint session of the Multicampus Research Group on Late-Antiquity at the University of California, Berkeley.  (December, 2000)

“Jews, Greeks, and Egyptians: The Sibylline ‘Suturing’ of Society in Roman Egypt.”  U.C.I. Department of Classics Lecture Series. (1999)

“Jewish Identity and the Politics of Truth: Reading the Anti-Idolatry Polemic in The Fifth Sibylline Oracle.U.C.I. Graduate Student Conference on History and Theory. (1998)

“Family Ties: The Social Status of the Symmachi.” U.C.L.A. Graduate Student Conference on Late Antiquity.  (1997)



Professor of History & Humanities, Irvine Valley College, (2005-Present).

Lecturer in History and Humanities, University of California, Irvine.  (1998-2005)

Lecturer in Classics, Scripps College. (2001)

Lecturer in Roman History, University of California, Riverside.  (1999)

Adjunct Instructor, Biola University, La Mirada  CA.  (1994-1999)

Early Christian History and Literature.  I developed and taught this course twice, including once as a large lecture class, supervising teaching assistants.

Instructor of Ancient Greek.  I taught courses in beginning and intermediate Greek.

Teaching Assistant, History, University of California, Irvine. (1996-98) 

Teaching Assistant, Composition, University of California, Irvine. (1996-1997)



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