The Team

STECA is an international network of early career researchers, founded by Professor Charlotte Hempel, directed by Dr Elisa Uusimäki and Dr Cat Quine and led by a seven-strong Steering Committee.


Elisa Uusimaki

Elisa Uusimäki is Associate Professor in Hebrew Bible at Aarhus University. She works on the literary and cultural history of Judaism in antiquity and has published on topics such as wisdom and ethics. Her second book, Lived Wisdom: Studies in Exercise and Exemplarity, is currently in press and she is about to begin a new ERC funded research project “An Intersectional Analysis of Ancient Jewish Travel Narratives” (2021-2026).

Website: Aarhus University profile 

Cat Quine is Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible at the University of Nottingham and a former JRF in Theology at Merton College, Oxford. Her research lies at the intersections of historical and literary criticism, especially with a view to politics and gender. Her first monograph, Casting Down the Host of Heaven was published in 2020 and she is now working on a book on Athaliah as part of a larger project on 1-2 Kings.

Website: University of Nottingham profile  Twitter: @QuineCat                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Founding Director

Charlotte Hempel

Charlotte Hempel is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at the University of Birmingham. She has published widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible and is Executive Editor of Dead Sea Discoveries.


Website: University of Birmingham staff profile Twitter: @QumranRocks


Steering Committee

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is recent-pic.pngLindsey Askin is a lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research interests are Second Temple Judaism, Ben Sira, scribal culture, lexicography, and textual criticism.


Website: University of Bristol profile


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is profile.jpgEleanor Jasmine Foo is a PhD student at King’s College London working  on traces of the holy seed ideology in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her other research interests include, Levites and scribes during the Second Temple period, ethnic theories (especially on identity construction and othering) and biblical reception.


Website: Kings College London profile Twitter: @EleanorJasmine2


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is a84h0906_edited.jpgChontel Syfox is an Assistant Professor in the department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on the early reception and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple Jewish literature. Her forthcoming monograph (under contract with Brill) examines the construction of gender in The Book of Jubilees’ depiction of the matriarchs.

Website: University of Wisconsin-Madison profile  Twitter: @ChontelSyfox


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_2810.jpgRobin Ten Hoopen is a PhD student at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam researching Concepts ofImmortality in the Primaeval History, the HB, and the ANE. He has studied at Leiden University (BA) and at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam (MA, cum laude). Robin has published on the exegesis, redaction, and reception of Genesis 1-11 and on immortality in Ugaritic Studies. His particular focus is on the liturgical, ritual, and tactical functions of the priesthood. 

Website: Protestant Theological University profile Twitter: @RobintenHoopen


Marieke DhontMarieke Dhont (joint PhD, KU Leuven and Université catholique de Louvain, 2016) holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2017–2020) and is a Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard. Her first monograph, entitled Style and Context of Old Greek Job, appeared with Brill in 2018.


Website: University of Cambridge profile


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is profile-photo-matthew-hama.jpgMatthew Hama is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham and a research fellow with the Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism. His research focuses on dualism in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls and its intersections with religious identity.



Website: University of Birmingham profile  Twitter: @matthewjhama


Jessica KeadyJessica M. Keady is Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Gender at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has published and researched in the area of Dead Sea Scrolls and Hebrew Bible with a particular focus on gender studies. Her publications include, Vulnerability and Valour: A Gendered Analysis of Everyday Life in the Dead Sea Scrolls Communities (2017), Scripture as Social Discourse, Social-Scientific Perspectives on Early Jewish and Christian Writings (with Todd Klutz and Casey A. Strine, 2018), and Gender Studies and the Dead Sea Scrolls (with Jutta Jokiranta, 2019). She is Research Associate at the institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester and active member of The Shiloh Project: Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible (SIIBS). She is a proud Mummy to two children, Esther Rose and Harry Daniel.

Website: University of Wales Trinity Saint David profile Twitter: @JessicaMKeady