I study ancient medicine and religion in the Roman Empire in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Working with April DeConickNiki Clements, and Matthias Henze, I focus on freelance religious experts, physicians, and their writings in late antiquity. I arrived at Rice after taking an M.A. in New Testament and Christian Origins at Duke University under Mark Goodacre. I currently serve on the Graduate Advisory Board for Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, work as a copy editor for Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studiesand have recently joined the faculty at The Women’s Institute of Houston. I am also a member of the international research group Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity (ReMeDHe). My research focuses on ancient Mediterranean religion and medicine in the Greco-Roman period, with particular interests in the Romanization of Christianity and in freelance religious experts’ incorporation of “scientific” discourses (esp. medicine and physics) as a self-authorizing strategy in the construction of their respective religious programs.

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