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Fordham University
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patristics, early christianity, rabbinics, christianity, judaism, postcolonial theory, theory, midrash, talmud, new testament, second temple judaism, gender theory, queer theory, feminist theory, feminism, race, critical race theory
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M Tong is a Theology PhD student in the Christianity in Antiquity field of study at Fordham University with research interests in early Jewish-Christian relations, gender and sexuality in antiquity, ancient slavery, contemporary theory, and theological anthropology. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School. M is particularly interested in intersectionality and the ways in which group identities shape theological discourse, particularly in late-antique Jewish-Christian debates on gender, sexuality, and theological anthropology. She teaches ‘Faith and Critical Reason’ and ‘Classic Jewish Texts’ in the Fordham Undergraduate Core. M was selected by the Association of Jewish Studies to receive the AJS Dissertation Fellowship for 2018-2019. Also a finalist for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, M will hold the AJS fellowship alongside the Elizabeth A. Johnson Endowed Scholarship she received from Fordham.

Recent Publications

“Gender and Sexuality in Postcolonial Perspective,” in The Oxford Handbook of New Testament, Gender, and Sexuality (Oxford: Oxford University Press). (forthcoming)

“Categorization and Its Discontents” in The Architecture of the Academy: Processes, Institutions, and Power in the Academic Study of Religion (Sheffield: Equinox). (forthcoming)

“Reading Gender in Justin Martyr: New Insights from Old Apologies,” Studia Patristica: Papers Presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 2015, vol. 93 (Leuven: Peeters, 2017): 165-178.

Book Note on Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem by Julia Watts Belser, Ancient Jew Review (September 24, 2018).

Book Note on Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud After the Humanities by Mira Beth Wasserman, Ancient Jew Review (December 17, 2017).

Review of Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire: Ideology, the Bible, and the Early Christians (Synkrisis) by David Wheeler-Reed, Reading Religion (January 15, 2018).

Review of Making Memory: Jewish and Christian Explorations in Monument, Narrative, and Liturgy by Alana M. Vincent, Theology 119, no. 4 (2016): 305-306.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Ancient Mediterranean
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Race, Religion, Sexuality, Slavery