PhD 2009, Duke University
422A Minard Hall
Hello! I am an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the HPR&S and English Departments. My research interests are in ancient Jewish and Israelite literature, particularly in Persian Period Jewish literature. In 2014, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht published my first book, The Courtier and the Governor: Transformations of Genre in the Nehemiah Memoir. Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements 17. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. I’ve also been pursuing new research in biblical poetry, and I’ve written two brief pieces for Bible Odyssey, a new website dedicated to public scholarship on the Bible: “Hebrew Poetry Forms” and “Proverbs 31 as an Acrostic Poem”. I am also interested in genre theory and narrative theory, as well as ancient history, science fiction and horror fiction, and religion & literature.
I grew up in Bozeman and Havre, Montana, and I’ve taught at Concordia College (MN), the University of Arizona, and Duke University, where I did my graduate studies. My spouse, Dr. Julia Bowsher , is also on the faculty at NDSU in the Department of Biological Sciences. I have two lively and joyful daughters, ages 9 and 4. In my spare time I enjoy being an amateur aficionado of obsolete technologies, particularly 8-bit Mario games, vinyl records, and, well, books. I love to talk books! Here are a few favorites:
-Robert Alter, The Art of Hebrew Poetry
-Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
-John Crowley, Novelties and Souvenirs: Collected Short Fiction
-Clarice Lispector, The Passion according to G.H.
-Lawrence Wills, ed., Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology
-Last but certainly not least, the Hebrew Bible! Rather than trying to wade through the Bible from the beginning, I’d recommend taking a look at one of these particularly powerful books: Ecclesiastes, Esther, Exodus, Ezekiel, Job, Lamentations, Nehemiah, Numbers (don’t be dissuaded by the lists!), Song of Songs, Zechariah.