I'm currently a Associate Professor at the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where my responsibilities include teaching, research, and service to the university. The courses that I teach address subjects such as Middle Eastern languages and literatures (including Arabic and Aramaic), folklore, and minorities in the Middle East.
My research in these areas informs and enhances my teaching. I have published my research on Aramaic epigraphy, incantation texts, orality and literacy, Middle Eastern folklore, dialects of Neo-Aramaic, and comparative Semitic linguistics in ARAM Periodical, the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Journal of the American Oriental Society, the Journal of Semitic Studies, Encyclopaedia Iranica, and Numen. My first book, The Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Khorramshahr (Harrassowitz, 2009) is the first account of a previously undocumented dialect of Neo-Mandaic, and the most thorough description of any Neo-Mandaic dialect. I am currently working on an NEH-funded translation of the Mandaean Book of John.
I have taught in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Language and Literatures since 2009. From 2006 to 2009, I was a full-time lecturer at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers, and currently serve as its Director. I have an AB in Old World Archaeology and Art from Brown University, and an AM and PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.