Originally from Levittown, Pennsylvania, Tony Keddie received his B.A. in Religion from Temple University in Philadelphia. He then went on to receive a M.A.R. (Master of Arts in Religion) in Second Temple Judaism from Yale Divinity School and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from The University of Texas at Austin.
Tony is currently the Assistant Professor of Early Christian History and Literature in the department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is a specialist in the social and political history of Judaism and Christianity in the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as the politics of biblical interpretation, especially in contemporary North America. He teaches courses and advises students in the areas of biblical studies, ancient Judaism, ancient Christianity, and theory and method in Religious Studies.
Tony has received several competitive awards and fellowships for his research, including the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship, the Carol and Eric Meyers Fellowship at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the Andrew W. Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Society of Biblical Literature’s Regional Scholar Award, and an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and ASOR.
In addition to teaching and writing, he has also been involved in the archaeological excavations of the ancient synagogue in Ostia, Italy.