My current project is The Gods in Motion: Syria, Migration, and the New Religions of the Roman Empire, a monograph exploring the phenomenon of Syrian cults and Syrian migration in the Roman Empire through a modified social network analysis, as documented through archaeological and epigraphic data. The book will offer a fresh analysis of the relationships between people, organisations, places and objects and the roles these social and material networks had in broader social change in the Roman world.
In related current and future research, I am exploring social emotion, memory and migration through epigraphy, material culture, landscape and deep mapping; the texturing of sacred spaces through emotion and experience, and ways of accessing and representing this to heritage audiences; and sacred mountains and walking as part of sacred expression, sacred work, and pilgrimage practice.
Previously, I have looked at the cults of Jupiter Dolichenus and Theos Hypsistos; and also at the spread of ideas in Diaspora Judaism. My book on this subject, Religious Networks in the Roman Empire: The Spread of New Ideas, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2013 and was a finalist in the American Academy of Religion’s book prize, Best First Book in the History of Religions 2014. I received my PhD in November 2008 from the University of Exeter, where I was part of Stephen Mitchell’s AHRC-funded project, Pagan Monotheism in its Intellectual Context. I received my MPhil in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, where I wrote my thesis on Apollo in Asia Minor. My BA was in Classical Civilisation and Philosophy from the University of Manchester.