Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2004
  • M.A., Theology, University of Notre Dame, Theology, 1998
  • B.A., Religion, with distinction; Music; summa cum laude, St. Olaf College, 1994

Research & Scholarship

Books

Christ, Creation, and the Vision of God: Augustine’s Transformation of Early Christian Theophany Interpretation. Bible in Ancient Christianity 7, ed. Jeffrey Bingham. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Doody, John, Kari Kloos, and Kim Paffenroth, eds. Augustine and Apocalyptic. Augustine in Conversation. Lexington Books, 2013.

 

Articles

“Vocation, Discernment, and the Human Heart in Augustine.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Religion and Society.

“Gender and Jesuit Higher Education: What Questions Haven’t We Asked?” Jesuit Higher Education 3:2 (Fall 2014): 1-2.

“Reading Augustine and Luther Together: Insights and Further Questions.” Chapter 11 in Contemporary Currents with Augustine and Luther, edited by Kirsi Stjerna and Deanna Thompson, 117-121. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014.

“Sustaining Hope in Times of Crisis: Spiritual migration and sojourn in Augustine’s preaching.” In Augustine and Apocalyptic, edited by John Doody, Kari Kloos, and Kim Paffenroth. Augustine in Conversation. Lexington Books, 2013.

Christ the Revealer: Patristic Views of the Mediation of Christ in the Old Testament.” Studia Patristica 44 (2010): 315-320.

“Angels and Angel-like Beings: Greek and Latin Patristics.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, 1:1186-1190. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2009.

“Angels and Angel-like Beings: Medieval Times and Reformation Era.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, 1:1190-1192. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2009.

“Living in Paradox: Female Identity in Early and Medieval Christianity.” Journal of Lutheran Ethics 7:7 (July 2006), http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Journal-of-Lutheran-Ethics/Issues/July-2007/Living-in-Paradox-Female-Identity-in-Early-and-Medieval-Christianity.aspx.

“History as Witness: Augustine’s Interpretation of the History of Israel in Contra Faustum and De Trinitate.” In Augustine and History, edited by Christopher T. Daly, John Doody, and Kim Paffenroth, 31-51. Lanham, Md.: Lexington, 2008.

“In Christ There Is Neither Male nor Female: Patristic Interpretation of Galatians 3:28.” Studia Patristica 39 (2006): 239-244.

“Seeing the Invisible God: Augustine’s Reconfiguration of Theophany Narrative Exegesis.” Augustinian Studies 36:2 (2005): 396-420.





Presentations

“What Does It Mean to Be a Companion of Jesus? Integrating Faith and Justice in Vocational Discernment.” Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education conference, Seattle University, August 10-13, 2017.

“Discernment and the Human Heart in Augustine.” Augustine in Christian Thought, Life, and Practice: A Symposium in Memory of William Harmless, S.J. Creighton University, April 7, 2016.

“Using an Interfaith Dialogue Model for Faculty Discussion of Spirituality and Mission.” National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education, Seattle University, June 2014.

“Response, “Contemporary Appropriations of Augustine and Luther on Human Agency,” Joint session of Augustine and Augustinianisms Group and Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Group, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 24, 2013.

“Migration in Late Fourth Century Spiritual Writings.” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2012.





“Wandering From Our Homeland: Dislocation and Academic Vocation.” Lilly Fellows Program Postdoctoral Fellows Reunion Conference, Valparaiso University, October 2010





“Teaching and Institutional Locatedness: How Mission Shapes Pedagogy.” Wabash Center Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty, Wabash College, June 2009





“Creating Effective Student Presentation Assignments.” Wabash Center Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty, Wabash College, June 2009





“Novatian on Divine Distinctiveness.” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2008





“Christ the Revealer: Patristic Views on the Mediation of Christ in the Old Testament.” XV International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, August 2007





“Testimony and Truth: Augustine’s Reading of the History of Israel in Contra Faustum and De Trinitate.” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, June 2005





“Augustine, Signs, and Theophanies.” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2004





“In Christ There Is Both Male and Female: An Overview of Patristic Interpretation of Galatians 3:28.” XIV International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, August 2003





“Who Is the Better Origenist? Jerome and Rufinus on the Status of the Septuagint” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2001


Awards & Recognition

Awards and Recognition
  • Regis College faculty award for outstanding service, 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa, St. Olaf College, 1994
  • Junia Prize, St. Olaf College Department of Religion, 1994

Fellowship and Contracts

  • Wabash Center Summer Research Grant, 2009
  • Wabash Center Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty, 2008-09
  • Lilly Fellow in Humanities and Theology, Valparaiso University, 2003
  • Ravarino Italian Studies Travel Scholarship, 2000
  • Devers Program in Dante Studies Travel Grant, 2000
  • Downes Memorial Travel Grant, 2000
  • ELCA Educational Grant, 1999–2002
  • Summer Graduate Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 1999