B.A., University of California, Irvine
M.A., Ph.D., Semitic and Egyptian Languages, The Catholic University of America
Research and Interests
- Christianity in the Late Antique and Modern Middle East (especially Egypt, Syria, and Palestine)
- Coptic literature of the fifth to seventh centuries, particularly polemical treatises, monastic hagiography, and the corpus of Shenoute of Atripe
- Christian Arabic apologetics of the Ayyubid and Fatimid periods
- Syriac hagiography
With Maged S. A. Mikhail, editors, Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun (Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2009).
“The Coptic Literary Dossier of Abba Moses of Abydos.” Coptic Church Review 24 (2003), 66-90. “Abba Shenoute and the Melitians: Polemics and Conflict with Formation, Ideology, and Practice of a Separatist Monastic Community.” Coptica 1 (2002), 91-101.
“The Anti-Chalcedonian Movement in Byzantine Egypt: An Evaluation of Past Scholarship and Current Interpretations.” In Ägypten und Nubien in spätantiker und christlicher Zeit: Akten des 6. Internationalen Koptologenkongresses, Münster, 20.-26. Juli 1996, edited by S. Emmel et al., 1:504- 510. Wiesbaden, Reichert Verlag, 1999.
“I Am Amazed: Shenoute of Atripe’s Endorsement of Alexandrian Theology in the White Monastery.” Bulletin of Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society 5 (1998-99), 19-40.
With H.N. Takla and M.S. Mikhail. “Egyptian Copts.” In American Immigrant Cultures: Builders of a Nation, edited by D. Levinson and M. Ember, 1:244-247. New York: Macmillan, 1997.