Curriculum Vitae


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Ph.D.    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; GPA: -/4.0           (Started) August 2015

Doctorate of Philosophy in Near Eastern Studies

M.A.     University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;GPA: 4.0/4.0                       May 2015 Master of Arts in Religions in the Middle East, Ancient Near-East and Mediterranean (Religious Studies)

B.A.     University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Cumulative GPA: 3.4/4.0                  Major GPA 3.5/4.0                      May 2013

Bachelor of Arts in Western Religious Tradition (Religious Studies)

Bachelor of Science in Archaeology (Anthropology)

Minor in Arabic (World Languages, Literatures & Cultures)

SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENTS                                                                         

Conference Presentations and Lectures

  • “3D Environment Modeling and 3D Visualization Workshop” presented at Digital Bridges 2015 Summer Institute, at Grinnell College, June 18, 2015.
  • “An Introduction to the Digital Humanities” presented in Marcia Lindgren’s class, Teaching the Classics, at the University of Iowa, April 3, 2015.
  • “From Dirt to Digital: New Approaches to Archaeological Visualization” presented at the University of Iowa Digital Studio for the Public Arts and Humanities: Studio Talk, May 1, 2014.
  • “Digital Tools, Ancient Worlds: Reimagining Biblical History with the Digital Humanities” presented as a departmental colloquium at the University of Iowa, April 10, 2014.
  • “Digi-Tel Azekah: The Preliminary Results of the Digital Reconstruction of Tel Azekah” presented at Upper Midwest Regional SBL Conference, Minneapolis, MN, March 5, 2014.
  • “New Approaches to Digital Archaeology at Tel Azekah” presented for the Archaeological Institute of America with Prof. Robert Cargill, Iowa City, IA, February 24, 2014.
  • “Digi-Tel Azekah: The Preliminary Results of the Digital Reconstruction of Tel Azekah” co-presented at the Society for Biblical Literature Annual Conference with Prof. Robert Cargill, Baltimore, MD, November 25, 2013.
  • “Digi-Tel Azekah: The Preliminary Results of the Digital Reconstruction of Tel Azekah” presented at the University of Iowa Digital Studio for the Public Arts and Humanities: Studio Talk September 4, 2013.
  • “The Book of Joshua as Historiography” presented at the Midwest Undergraduate Conference of the Humanities of the Humanities at Simpson College, Indianola, IA, November 12, 2012.

Scholarships and Grants

  • Masonic Scholastic Achievement
  • International Order of Odd Fellows
  • Univ. of Iowa Study Abroad Grant
  • Department of Religious Studies, Louis Penningroth Scholarship
  • Oxford University Travel Grant – Funding to attend “Historical Consciousness and Historiography (3000 BCE – 600 CE)” Conference, September 17-19, 2014

Teaching and Advising Experience

  • Department of Religious Studies Undergraduate Committee, Graduate Representative Spring 2015
  • Department of Religious Studies Graduate/Undergraduate Liaison Spring 2014 – Fall 2014
  • Lead Professor Cargill’s University of Iowa course “Digital Archaeological Modeling,” teaching three students Creator software during the Spring 2014 semester
  • Peer Mentor for Prof. Jordan Smith’s 1st Year Seminar “Creating the Bible” Fall 2012

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE                                                                   

Azekah Archaeological Expedition, Assistant Area Supervisor, Azekah, Israel                                         August 2013

  • Direct and motivate volunteers while instructing and teaching basic archaeological methods
  • Collect and record measurements and excavation data and input into FileMaker Pro
  • Oversee and manage the excavation of squares within the area 

Azekah Archaeological Expedition, Azekah, Israel                                                             July 2012 – August 2012

  • Through Tel Aviv University took classes Introduction to Field Archaeology and History of the Judean Lowlands taught by prominent biblical scholars
  • Excavated artifacts and architectural remains from Middle Bronze to Classical Period
  • Identified, recorded, and meticulously cleaned artifacts excavated from the site

PUBLICATIONS                                                                                                  “Melki-ṣedeq, King of Sodom: The Development of Genesis 14” (co-authored with Robert Cargill) (In Progress)

WORK EXPERIENCE                                                                                          

University of Iowa, Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa City, IA                                                           Spring 2015

  • Worked for the Digital Studio for the Public Arts and Humanities
  • Providing support for professors participating in digital focused projects
  • Assisting in the writing of digital technologies sections for grant proposals

University of Iowa, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Iowa City, IA                                                               Fall 2014

  • Taught discussions sections for Classical Mythology in the Department of Classics

University of Iowa, Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa City, IA                                                            Spring 2014

  • Assisting Professor Paul Dilley to create an open source website, the Terra Biblica Project
  • Collecting information in source languages from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament
  • Coding information into databases to create a network map of the place names mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament using ArcGIS software

Iowa Children’s Museum, Playologist, Iowa City, IA                                                                Nov 2012-Jan 2014

  • Maintained a safe and fun environment for children while serving as a role model
  • Designed and lead an archaeology day camp
  • Created and supervised entertaining and educative activities

DIGITAL HUMANITIES RESEARCH                                                                  

Digital Modeling

  • “Digi-Tel Azekah” – A 3D, real-time digital model in Presagis Creator of Tel Azekah, Israel and the greater Elah Valley. The project catalogues and visualizes the discoveries made during the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition, funded in part by a Digital Studio for the Public Humanities (DSPH) Arts & Humanities

Initiative (AHI) Grant ($7,500).

  • “Digital Archaeology at Iowa” – An interactive exhibit created for the University of Iowa Mobile Museum, funded by the Digital Studio for the Public Arts and Humanities.

Databasing and Mapping

  • “TerraBiblica Project” – An interactive network map of Biblical places and their relationships. This project involves creating a database of place names from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament and creating a visual representation of their networks on an open source website.

Websites and Teaching Modules

  • “Numismania” – This website is a teaching module to show the use of coins throughout history. (
  • “The Khirbet et-Tannur Project” – A digitization project that combines mapping, 3D modeling, and databasing to create a website devoted to the excavation of the ancient Nabataean temple of Khirbet et-Tannur. (


Arabic, Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, Old Persian, Syriac


Applications:  Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word; Autodesk Inventor; Adobe Photoshop; SketchUp; Presagis Creator and Vega Prime; ArcGIS; Omeka; AutoCAD

Languages:    C++, Fortran, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), R, XML


American School of Oriental Research

American Institute of Archaeology

Association of Ancient Historians

Society of Biblical Literature

Theta Alpha Kappa (National Honor Society of Religious Studies)


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