PhD. Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada, 2019.

Dissertation: “The Pepaideumenoi and Jesus: Ancient Education and Marginal Intellectuals in Paul’s Corinth and the Gospel of Thomas.”

Committee: John S. Kloppenborg, John W. Marshall, Kevin Wilkinson, Joseph Bryant.

M.A. Department of Religious Studies, University of Regina, Canada, 2011.

Thesis: “Erudition, Power, Secrecy, and Empire: The rhetoric of self-authorization and empowerment in The Gospel of Thomas.”

Winner of the 2011 President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award.

M.A. Advisor: William E. Arnal

B.A. Honours. Religion Department, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2009.

Other Publications

Research in Progress

“Jesus’ Agricultural Parables and Philosophical Metaphors for Encyclia Paideia.”


Refereed Journal Articles (4)

2019. “Where indeed was the Gospel of Thomas written?: Thomas in Jewish Alexandria.” Journal of Biblical Literature. 138: 451-72.

2016. “Mythmaking and Social Formation in the Study of Early Christianity.” Religion Compass. 10: 15-24.

2014. “Religion Snapshots: On the Use of Data.” with James Dennis LoRusso, Tenzan Eaghll, Karen de Vries, Eoin O’Mahony, Kelly Baker, Travis Cooper, Kenneth MacKendrick, and Kate Daley-Bailey. Edited by Philip L. Tite. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 43: 37-39.

2011. “Steadily Increasing Control: The Professionalization of Mass Death.” With Christopher Stoney, Joseph Scanlon, Kirsten Kramar, Tanya Peckmann, Cynthia Lynn Cormier, and Coen van Haastert. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 19: 66-74.

Non-Peer Reviewed Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Bibliography Entries

2017. Brown, Ian Phillip. “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha.

Book Reviews (12)


2020. Review of Erin Roberts and Jennifer Eyl (eds). Christian Tourist Attractions, Mythmaking, and Identity Formation. In Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion.


2020. Review of Gabriele Boccaccinni, and Jason M. Zurawski (eds). Second Temple Jewish “Paideia” in Context. In Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses.


2020. Review of Sarah J. Bloesch and Meredith Minister (eds). Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Methods and The Bloomsbury Reader in Cultural Approaches to the Study of Religion. In Religious Studies Review 46: 220-221.


2020. Review of Courtney J. P. Friesen (ed). Envisioning God in the Humanities: Essays on Christianity, Judaism, and Ancient Religion in Honor of Melissa Harl Sellew. In Journal of Theological Studies 72.

2018. Review of Brian J. Wright. Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus: A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices. Reading Religion.

2017. Review of Heidi Wendt. At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire. Symposia 8: 49-50.

2016. Review of Simon Gathercole. The Gospel of Thomas: Introduction and Commentary. Religious Studies Review, 42: 113-114.

2014. Review of Claire S. Smith. Pauline Communities as ‘Scholastic Communities’: A Study of the Vocabulary of ‘Teaching’ in 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. Symposia, 6: 105-107.

2013. Review of Simon Gathercole. The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas: Original Language and Influences. Symposia, 5: 36-37.

2013. Review of Ron Cameron and Merrill P. Miller (eds). Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 42: 127-129.

2012. Review of Christopher W. Skinner. What Are They Saying About The Gospel of Thomas? Review of Biblical Literature.

2011. Review of Joel B. Green (ed). Methods for Luke. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 40: 242-243.

Blog Posts


    Postdoctoral Research Project, University of Regina (2020-2022)

    Playing the Farmer: Agricultural Discourses in Ancient Christianity


    Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions (2016-present)

    The Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (2009-present)

    The Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (2009-present)

    The Society of Biblical Literature (2009-present)

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