Dr. David Calabro

Dr. David Calabro

Curator of Eastern Christian Manuscripts

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Dr. David Calabro

Dr. David Calabro joined HMML in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscripts. In 2017 he was promoted to Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian and Islamic Manuscripts. In 2018 he was named Curator of Eastern Christian and Islamic Manuscripts and assumed his current position in 2020. Calabro holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, and a MA in Religion/Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago, where he earned a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He has presented at conferences and is widely published.

Prior to joining HMML, Calabro was an editor for the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses on Near Eastern languages and literature at Brigham Young University and elsewhere.

In his current role as Curator of Eastern Christian Manuscripts, he catalogs manuscripts in Christian Arabic and Syriac. He also oversees the cataloging team that is focused on Eastern Christian manuscripts, which works closely with the catalogers for Islamic manuscripts.

What he enjoys most about his work: “I delight in expanding my knowledge about the cultures of the Middle East as I encounter the manuscripts and texts they produced. It’s also a thrill to be part of a team that is dedicated to increasing awareness of the ancient Middle East and its written legacy.”