About Krista Dalton

I am not your typical Jewish studies graduate student. For one, I’m not Jewish. My love of Judaism started in the fourth grade when my teacher had to create a separate curriculum for me, as I was “that” kid growing up with a love of reading that surpassed my grade level, and she developed my course around her own Jewish heritage. Also, I’m a Christian, which has led many an adviser to attempt to redirect my academic path, always saying something to the effect of “but you’ll never get hired to teach Jewish history as a Christian!” And I always stubbornly replied, “I don’t care if I get a damn job. I love Hebrew, Torah, and Hot Pastrami on Rye.”

After spending my formative years in Salt Lake City, UT, I moved to Missouri for both my undergraduate and master’s programs. I received a B.A. in History, Biblical Studies, and Education from Evangel University before receiving a Graduate Assistantship at Missouri State University. After spending a year studying Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary, I am settled into Columbia University’s PhD in Religious Studies program, emphasizing Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity. Some day in the far off distant future, I will hold a slip of paper that will require my colleagues to call me “Dr. Dalton.” Until then, I exist in the perpetual world of graduate studies.