My academic career began at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN, USA), where my B.A. in Classics focused primarily on Greek language and literature. After teaching English in primary schools in France for a year, I returned to Classical Studies and improved my ancient language skills in a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania. I then pursued an M.A. in Religions in Antiquity from the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), where I learned Biblical Hebrew, and began to focus my interests in early Christianity and the New Testament under Philip Sellew and Calvin Roetzel. After completing that degree, I moved to Heidelberg in order to pursue doctoral work with Peter Lampe. My primary interest is in the emergence of Christianity within its Greco-Roman and Jewish cultural contexts, and particularly in the intersections between Greco-Roman culture and the literature and thought of early Christianity. In 2013, I completed an M.A. in Christianity and Culture with my thesis titled “εὐσέβεια in 4 Maccabees and the New Testament”. My doctoral project continues this work, exploring the concept of εὐσέβεια in selected texts of the first and second centuries C.E. This project seeks to clarify the concept and usage of εὐσέβεια in New Testament writings (the Pastorals and 2 Peter) in light of contemporaneous texts from a variety of religious and cultural contexts (Greek and Roman, polytheistic, Jewish, and Christian).