Krista Dalton of Ancient Jew Review


  • Richard Newton University of Alabama



Ancient Jew Review, Jewish Studies, religious studies, biblical studies, academia


Krista Dalton, assistant professor of religious studies at Kenyon College, joins Bulletin editor Richard Newton to discuss her academic origins and the current trends within religious studies. From her early interests in biblical studies, rabbinics, and Jewish studies to her work as a co-founder of Ancient Jew Review, Dalton answers the questions many scholars—early career and senior faculty alike—find themselves asking. Breaking down academic hierarchy to promote learning at any level is key for Dalton and her pedagogical theory is apparent in all her scholarly efforts.

Author Biography

Richard Newton, University of Alabama

Richard Newton received his PhD in Critical Comparative Scriptures from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Newton’s areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores how people create “scriptures” and how those productions operate in the formation of identities and cultural boundaries. He has published an array of journal articles, book chapters and online essays. His book, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020), casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implication for the study of race, religion, and media. He is also the curator of the  multimedia professional development network, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.


Ahuvia, Mika. 2014. “An Introduction to Toledot Yeshu.” Ancient Jew Review. December 25, 2014. Available from:

Berzon, Todd. 2016. “Identity, a Way Forward (Perhaps).” Ancient Jew Review. August 17, 2016. Available from:

Magness, Jodi. 2010. “The Talpiyot Tomb and ‘James Ossuary’ Reconsidered: An Archeologist’s Persp­ective.” Keynote speech at the 2010 Annual Central States Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, St. Louis, MO, March 21. Available from:

Masuzawa, Tomoko. 2005. The Invention of World Religions: Or How European Universalism was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. DOI:

Reinhartz, Adele. 2018. “Reflections on My Journey with John: A Retrospective from Adele Reinhartz.” Ancient Jew Review. April 11, 2018. Available from:



How to Cite

Newton, R. (2021). Krista Dalton of Ancient Jew Review. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 50(1), 6–14.



The Interview