Dr. Cady joins Temple Emanu-El from New York University, where she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies. She completed her PhD in Religion at Princeton University in 2022, received her Master’s in Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2016, completed her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, and received her Bachelor’s in Classical Archaeology from Macalester College in 2012. Dr. Cady is a scholar of Classics, Near Eastern Studies and Late Antiquity focusing on material culture, literature, and intellectual history. Her research interests include the rise of the cult of saints in early Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations in the late Roman Empire, and the study of Jewish and Christian art and architecture.

Throughout her time in academia, Dr. Cady has been passionately engaged in education non-profit. In 2013, she served as a paraprofessional with students with disabilities at Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, MN. During her time in the Twin Cities, she also spent several years teaching for TRiO Upward Bound. While in her doctoral studies, Dr. Cady acted as co-director of a residential arts program known as the Edwards Collective, as well as serving as a Residential Graduate Student for Mathey College.

As the director of the Center for Interfaith Dialogue, Dr. Cady dedicates herself to organizing interfaith dialogue groups and scholarly colloquia, planning meditation retreats in the Catskills, and lecturing on religious traditions from both past and present. Dr. Cady hails from the rainy woods of Portland, Oregon, where she spent her time hiking, caffeinating, and curling up with a good book. After long stints in Minnesota and New Jersey, Dr. Cady has relocated to New York where she has explored the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as the highs and lows of being a burgeoning Mets fan. She is thrilled to be a part of such a lively and welcoming community, and looks forward to building the Center for Interfaith Dialogue for years to come.