Academic Title

Assistant Professor

Research Interests
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Israel Studies
  • Interreligious relations
  • Ritual studies
Research Summary

My primary area of research is in the study of contemporary interreligious relations, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations. My research also includes work in Israel studies, memory and place studies, and ritual studies.

  • Ph.D., Jewish-Christian Comparative Theology, Boston College
  • Master of Theological Studies, Religion and Conflict Transformation, Boston University
  • B.A., Bard College
Recent Publications


The Nun in the Synagogue: Judeocentric Catholicism in Israel. Penn State University Press,


Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Interreligious Hermeneutics: Ways of Seeing the Religious

Other. Editor. Currents of Encounter. Brill-Rodopi, 2018.

Remembering the Future: The Experience of Time in Jewish and Christian Liturgy. Liturgical

Press, 2015.

The Idea of the Holy Land: Memory, Myth, and Imagination. Book manuscript in progress.

Jerusalem in Memory and Eschatology: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Visions of the Past and Future of Jerusalem. Edited volume in progress.


“A Smothering Embrace? Hermeneutical Issues in Catholic Discourse about Jews and Judaism.”

Harvard Theological Review, forthcoming.

“Jewish-Christian Identities in Conflict: The Cases of Fr. Daniel Rufeisen and Fr. Elias
Friedman.” Religions Vol. 12 (2021): 1-15.

“Liturgy, Performance Theory, and Aesthetic Experience.” Journal of Ritual Studies, Vol. 34,

no. 2 (2020): 29-38.

“Christian-Jewish Dialogue in the Monasteries of Jerusalem: An Evolution of Monastic

Interreligious Dialogue.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies Vol. 53, no. 4 (Fall 2018): 521-540.

“Constructions of Christian Identity and the Idea of the Holy Land: A Reciprocal Relationship.”

Israel Studies, Vol.23, no. 1 (2018): 177-195.

“Methodological Considerations on the Role of Experience in Comparative Theology.” In How

to Do Comparative Theology: European and American Perspectives in Dialogue. Ed. F.X.

Clooney and K. von Stosch, 259-270. Fordham University Press, 2018.

“Theorizing Sacred Place in Jerusalem: Identity, Yearning, and the Invention of Tradition.”

Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol. 38, no. 3 (2017).

“Sacred Time as Sacred Space: The Spaces of Memory and Anticipation in Christianity and
Judaism.” In Contested Spaces, Common Ground? Ed. O.B. Leirvik, L. Rodriguez, and U.
Winkler, 73-81. Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2016.

“Psalmic Recitation as a Performance of Memory and Hope in Jewish and Christian Prayer.”
Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, Vol. 12, no. 1 (2013).

“Embodying Tradition: Liturgical Performance as a Site for Interreligious Learning.”
CrossCurrents, Vol. 62, no. 3 (2012): 371-380.