Judaic Studies; Liberal Studies
I hold an M.A. and my PhD in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a second M.A. from UNC Charlotte’s Department of Religious Studies. I joined the department in 2006. I teach a range of courses on the texts of Hebrew Bible, Jewish history, the history of European antisemitism, and Jewish magic. My current research lies largely in the field of biblical Masculinity Studies.
My monograph Male Friendship, Homosociality, and Women in the Hebrew Bible: Malignant Fraternities was published with Routledge Press. I am currently completing a second monograph, Rape in the House of David: A Company of Men, also for Routledge Press. My next project is entitled Yhwh’s Emotional and Sexual Life in the Books of Samuel: How the Deity Acts the Man.
My pronouns are she, her, and hers. My office is a Safe Zone.
I head out into the community for presentations and talks on a regular basis. Topics range from Jewish practice and history to biblical texts (texts of terror, women in the Hebrew Bible, and the like).
I love to teach. That’s the most important thing. Head for the tab “Syllabi” above to see some of mine.
- RELS 2000 Religion and Magic
- RELS 2104 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament
- RELS 2110 Judaism
- RELS 3111 Women in Judaism
- RELS 3000 Women in the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3000 God and Sex in Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3000 Why God Lies: The Difficult Deity of the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3000 Where Abracadabra Comes From (Maybe): Magic in Judaism
- RELS 4000 Devilish Strange: The Figure of the Jew in Western Traditions
- RELS 4000 From Catastrophe to Cash: The Marketing of the Holocaust
- RELS 4000 Ketuvim: The “Female Books” of the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 4000 Malignant Fraternities: Male Friendship, Homosociality,and Women in Hebrew Bible
- RELS 5000 Turn the Other Cheek: The History of European Antisemitism
- RELS 5000 From Catastrophe to Cash: The Marketing of the Holocaust
- RELS 5000 Ketuvim: The “Female Books” of the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 5000 Malignant Fraternities: Male Friendship, Homosociality,and Women in Hebrew Bible
They range. Biblical texts (and their historical contexts) fascinate me and I enjoy introducing students to their complex, multivalent nature. I have also spent many decades looking at the history of Jewish experience in Europe, focusing much of my attention on the way the Jew became a figure of mystery, threat, and outright danger for dominant cultures.