Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Harvard University (1977)
A.B., Radcliffe College (1972)
A.M. (Honorary), Amherst College (1990)

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests closely parallel and interweave with my research. I teach a range of courses on the classical texts and religion of ancient and early Judaism, on folklore and popular religion, and on women and the body in Judaism.

Awards and Honors

NEH Fellowship, “Underdogs and Tricksters: Tales of Biblical Heroes in a Traditional Narrative Context” (1985-86)

NEH Fellowship, “Ethics of Violence: The Ban in Ancient Israel and Sacrificial Ideology” (1990-91)

NEH Fellowship, “Ancient Israelite Aesthetics: Oral World and Written Word” (1995-96)

NEH Fellowship, “Hair in the Ancient Israel: A Cultural Code Embodied” (2005-06).

Scholarly and Professional Activities

I serve on a number of editorial boards and am active in the Society of Biblical Literature, having served in a number of positions. I am a member of the American Academy of Religion and the American Folklore Society.

See also: Research Interests and Selected Publications