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Student Advisory Board

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The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is committed to the support and professional development of its student members. In affirmation of this support, the Student Advisory Board (SAB, previously the Student Advisory Group) was officially launched at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society in Philadelphia, PA. The establishment and ongoing promotion of SAB testifies to the Society’s dedication to fostering student membership and participation in the activities of the Society.

SAB functions as a Board within the Society’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 newsletter (look for it in January 2012!); 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.

Please contact Joshua Paul Smith if you have questions or would like to volunteer to become an On-Campus Student Representative.

SAB Committee Members 



Years of Term

Sofanit T. Abebe 1 2019-2020
Camille Angelo 1 2019-2020
Jordan Conley 1 2018-2019
Kirsty Jones 1 2019-2020
Joshua Matson (Chair) 1 2019-2019
Ian N. Mills 1 2019-2020
Sarah Porter 1 2018-2019
Joshua Paul Smith 1 2018-2019
Angela Zautcke 1 2019-2020

Christopher Hooker - Staff Liaison
Member Bios:
  • Sofanit Abebe: Sofanit Abebe's bio is coming soon.

  • Camille Leon Angelo is a Ph.D. student in Ancient Christianity at Yale University. Her work examines the body in late antique Christian cultural discourse using an interdisciplinary approach drawn from art history, archaeology, social history, and gender and sexuality studies. Currently, Camille is analyzing the archaeological remains of several early Christian sites in the eastern Mediterranean to elucidate patterns of ritual movement and embodied worship practices in late antiquity. In her role as Technology Coordinator, Camille seeks to use digital platforms to nurture student membership and engagement in SBL. She hopes to develop new communication tools to reach graduate students from a wider variety of academic disciplines.

  • Jordan Conley is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Program in Religion at Boston University. Her research interests include ancient and late antique discourses of affliction, practices of incubation, and pilgrimage to saints’ shrines and other healing sites. She also studies healing practices and narratives as informed by physical structures and material culture and hence is interested in the intersection between texts and archaeology. In her role as Regional Representative Coordinator, Jordan facilitates collaboration between SBL regional coordinators and student representatives. In her second year in this role on the Student Advisory Board, she hopes to promote greater student involvement in regional SBL activities and improve the lines of communication between SBL student members, regional coordinators, the Student Advisory Board, and the governing bodies of SBL more broadly. In general, she is interested in strengthening inter-institutional student relations by providing opportunities for professional and social mingling.

  • Kirsty Jones is a Ph.D student at Georgetown University where she specializes in disability and the senses in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Her work focuses on the use of disability and sensory rhetoric, and the depictions of disability in the text. In her role as “member at large” she hopes to increase representation of and participation by students in the SBL, to support students with disabilities to participate as fully as they desire and to equip members to be cognizant of accessibility issues in their work. Kirsty is excited to work with the SAB and SBL teams to see change in the institute and academy for all students and scholars.

  • Joshua M. Matson is a Ph.D. candidate in religions of western antiquity at Florida State University and a research associate with the Scripta Qumranica Electronica Project at the University of Haifa. Josh’s research interests include the history and texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the textual and reception history of the Hebrew Bible Minor Prophets, the study of space and place in antiquity, and the use of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other literature from the Second Temple period in contemporary religious texts and modern religious movements. In his role as the Chair of the Student Advisory Board, Josh presides over the board’s annual activities, acts as a liaison between the board and the SBL Executive Director, serves as the student representative to the Professional Conduct Committee, and maintains a history of the board. During the upcoming year, Josh hopes to make the board more recognizable to the SBL student members and to provide resources that allow students to access the benefits of their SBLmembership for future careers both inside and outside of the academy.

  • Ian Mills is a Ph.D Candidate in New Testament at Duke University. He studies gospel literature, focusing especially on the second century. In his role as member at large, Ian is organizing a panel on publishing in graduate school and cooperating in the management of the SAB social media accounts. As an avowed lover of academic conferences, Ian hopes to be part of making this potentially stressful and challenging event a positive experience for more graduate students.

  • Sarah Porter is aPh.D Candidate in New Testament and Early Christianity at Harvard University with a secondary field in Archaeology. Her research centers on early Christian funerary and memorial contexts, particularly with attention to urban planning, landscape, sense, and the body. She is also interested in queer historiographies, affect, and spatial theory. As Vice Chair, Sarah supports the goals of the board and liaises with SBL leadership. She looks forward to cultivating spaces within the SBL for learning from failure, collaboration, discussions about pedagogical method, and interdisciplinary conversation

  • Joshua Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program in Religion, where his studies focus on the New Testament and biblical interpretation. His primary interests are the Gospel of Luke, early Christian and Rabbinic exegesis, literary and posthumanist criticism, animal theory and ethics, and theological interpretation of scripture. He is currently writing a dissertation on the Gospel of Luke and the construction of early Jewish/Christian identity, and occasionally teaches online classes in New Testament at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, KS. Since stepping into his role as the On-Campus Student Representative Coordinator in November 2017, Joshua has created a growing contact list of US-based educational institutions with graduate degree programs in biblical studies, and now works with student representatives at the institutional level to promote important SBL announcements and events. In his remaining time as OSR Coordinator, Joshua hopes to further collaborate with On-Campus Student Reps, Regional Student Reps, and Regional Coordinators to provide a more comprehensive network that will serve as a vital resource for SBL student members.

  • Angela Zautcke is a Ph.D. student of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (New Testament emphasis) at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests focus on the gospels and how they have been influenced by Second Temple Judaism and the broader Greco-Roman milieu. In her role as Project Manager, Angela takes the minutes during SAB meetings and assists in other duties as needed, such as organizing panels for the SBL Annual Meeting. She is excited to use her role on the SAB to facilitate helpful professional development opportunities for students, and to foster a collegial and supportive community of student scholars that can carry over into their future careers.

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