Erin Galgay Walsh
Areas of Study and Research
Erin Galgay Walsh’s research focuses on the reception of biblical literature and asceticism within the late antique Mediterranean world. Her current book project examines how Syriac and Greek poets retold and expanded biblical stories featuring unnamed New Testament women. She studies how male poets inhabited the voices of marginalized female biblical figures in order to make interpretative and theological claims. More broadly, her research and teaching interests include the history of Biblical interpretation, Syriac language and literature, embodied practices, religious poetry, and women and gender within the ancient world. She works across the languages of early Christianity: Syriac, Latin, Greek, and Armenian, and she has an enduring interest in translation and multilingualism in the late antique and early Byzantine east. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she was a Junior Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University. In May 2019, she defended her dissertation successfully at Duke University. Professor Walsh is also the Executive Editor for Christianity at Ancient Jew Review, a non-profit web journal devoted to the interdisciplinary study of ancient Judaism.