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NES Alumni Spotlight: Jessie DeGrado '08

September 25, 2017

After graduating from Cornell University ('08), I spent a year studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. My research explores how modern social structures and political experiences influence the ways in which we reconstruct ancient history. I combine this broader approach with a study of primary sources to develop new paradigms for understanding the intersection between political hegemony and religious imagination in ancient Israel and Judah. I also teach Hebrew Bible at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia . In addition to preparing me for graduate work, the teaching and mentoring I enjoyed in the Cornell NES department is the model I use for my own pedagogy.

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