About Us

About the Student Advisory Board:

The Student Advisory Board functions as a Board within the Society of Biblical Literature’s governance structure, and as such is composed of appointed individuals, both student members of the Society and a faculty liaison, who work to advise the SBL Council regarding issues and opportunities relating to student membership and participation in the Society as a whole. SAB also has as its core mandate the coordination of student participation across all Society activities, committees, and programs in an effort to foster opportunities for student participation and leadership development. In order to achieve this mandate, SAB works to encourage student attendance and active participation at regional, national, and international congresses, with a focus on paper presentations and professional skills development; to link SBL student membership to effective, working resources for skills advancement, facilitated through the development and maintenance of communication tools such as a webpage; and to provide support in the development, review and evaluation of SBL policies and procedures as relating to student membership and participation and to make recommendations, where appropriate, to SBL Council on these matters.

Meet the Board:

(click on a member to open his or her bio)

 

Dallas Flippin

Communications & Technology Officer
dallas.flippin@gmail.com

Board Role: As the Communications and Technology officer, Dallas helps manage this website, the board's social media accounts, and other various communications. He hopes that the student members of SBL scholarship might be improved by increased interaction and communication as a community.

Institution: Marquette University

Bio: Dallas is a Ph.D. student in Theology specializing in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity. His research interests primarily focus on narrative interpretations of the Gospels, particularly the Fourth Gospel, Christianity in the first and second century, and ecological readings of scripture.

Twitter: @dallasflippin
Website: dallasflippin.com

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Dallas Flippin

Dallas Flippin

Communications & Technology Officer

Dr. Beverly Gaventa

Faculty Liaison
Beverly_Gaventa@baylor.edu

Institution: Baylor University

Position: Distinguished Professor of New Testament

Bio Page: Baylor Faculty Page

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Dr. Beverly Gaventa

Dr. Beverly Gaventa

Faculty Liaison

Erin Galgay Walsh

Project Manager
Ecg17@duke.edu

Board Role: As secretary of the Student Advisory Board, I work on improving the efficiency and organization of the board’s activities. Additionally, I document its meetings and maintain its administrative files. Recently I have been assembling a panel for the upcoming annual meeting and supporting various initiatives of the board.

Institution: Duke University

Area of Study: I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program of Religion specializing in late antique Christianity. My research interests center on biblical exegesis and ascetic reading practices in Late Antiquity. My dissertation examines the exegetical history and rhetorical construction of female biblical figures within Greek and Syriac liturgical poetry.

Twitter: @ErinCGW

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Erin Galgay Walsh

Erin Galgay Walsh

Project Manager

Jan Nylund

International Network Coordinator
jan.nylund@teol.lu.se

Task on the Board: My task is to co-ordinate and organize student representatives both on regional/national level and on campuses outside North-America. Presently we have student members in 42 countries.

Institution: Lund University, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Field of Study: New Testament Exegesis

Bio Page: http://www.teol.lu.se/en/institutionen/personal/JanNylund/

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Jan Nylund

Jan Nylund

International Network Coordinator

Jason Anthony Riley

Member-at-Large
jasonriley@fuller.edu
Description of Position: As an Student Advisory Board (SAB) Member-at-Large, I primarily act as a representative of SBL student members to the SAB and assist in developing and managing SAB projects, such as student-led sessions at the Annual Meeting.
Institution: Fuller Theological Seminary
Focus of Study: My degree program is PhD in Theology, focusing on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. My dissertation is on the role and fate of children in ancient Near Eastern warfare, with a specific focus on ancient Israel and Assyria during the Iron Age II period.
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Jason Anthony Riley

Jason Anthony Riley

Member-at-Large

Jee Hei Park

Network Coordinator for On-campus Student Representatives
jpark61@fordham.edu

Board Role: I communicate with our On-Campus Student Representatives and encourage them to represent SBL on their campuses.

Institution: Fordham University

Area of Study: My research interests are in New Testament and early Christian writings with emphasis on the construction of Christian identities. My dissertation examines some early Christian texts in which the "citizen" language/concept is employed as an identity marker.

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Jee Hei Park

Jee Hei Park

Network Coordinator for On-campus Student Representatives

Krista Dalton

Vice Chair
kristanicholedalton@gmail.com

Board Role: As the Vice Chair of the Student Advisory Board in the Society of Biblical Literature, I not only work on various SAB projects, but also coordinate the graduate student programming for each of the annual meetings with other SAB members.

Institution: Columbia University

Area of Study: As a PhD student of Religion in Late Antiquity, I study the formation of ancient Judaism(s) into the institutional forms of rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. My dissertation examines the way people from these groups remember themselves as "charitable."

Twitter: @KristaNDalton

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Krista Dalton

Krista Dalton

Vice Chair

Michele Stopera Freyhauf

Member-at-Large
msfreyhauf@gmail.com

Board Role: As an Student Advisory Board (SAB) Member-at-Large, I primarily act as a representative of SBL student members to the SAB and assist in developing and managing SAB projects, such as student-led sessions at the Annual Meeting.

Institution: Durham University

Research Interests: Hebrew Scriptures, with emphasis on literary discourse and early Jewish identity; Literature and culture of Egypt and the Ancient Near East; Biblical archaeology; Historical theology and social scientific criticism; Gendered violence and religion; Peace and conflict studies focused on gendered-based oppression and violence; Religion and the role of women, with emphasis on the biblical text; Apocalypticism, myth and symbolism in the Bible; Study of use and impact of social media on culture (emphasis on religion and gender).

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Michele Stopera Freyhauf

Michele Stopera Freyhauf

Member-at-Large

Ross Ponder

Chair
ross.ponder@utexas.edu

Board Role: Ross is the Chair of the Student Advisory Board in the Society of Biblical Literature. As the current Chair, his role is to preside over all Board meetings, act as a liaison to the Executive Director of SBL, organize Board communications, and preside over or manage various initiatives and elections.

Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: Ross specializes in the cultural history and artifacts of early Judaism and Christianity. His research usually revolves around the textual and material evidence of early Judaism and Christianity. A great deal of his work attempts to reconstruct ancient Mediterranean religions combining a wide range of sources, like the grand monuments of Corinth's built environment alongside Paul's letters to the same city. His aim is to study ancient religions as fully embedded within the ancient world, as opposed to oversimplified comparisons and contrasts between concepts, entities, or groups. His main research project at the moments focuses on the cultural function of dream-visions within Luke-Acts and ancient Christianity.

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Ross Ponder

Ross Ponder

Chair

Thomas J. Whitley

Regional Representatives Coordinator
twhitley@fsu.edu

Board Position: As the coordinator of the SBL's Religion Student Representatives, I facilitate the dissemination of information between the SBL board and the various regions, while empowering regional representatives to generate student interest and support for regional and annual meetings.

Institution: Florida State University

Bio: Thomas is a PhD Candidate in Religions of Western Antiquity where he studies sexual slander and identity formation in early Christianity.

Twitter: @thomaswhitley

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Thomas J. Whitley

Thomas J. Whitley

Regional Representatives Coordinator