Jacob Lackner received his B.A. in History in 2010 from Eastern New Mexico University, and his M.A. in history from Texas Tech University in 2012. He is currently writing his dissertation under the direction of Professor Shmuel Shepkaru, which examines the conversion of Jews to Christianity in the High Middle Ages from both Christian and Jewish perspectives. His article, "Violent Men and Malleable Women: The Conversion of Jews to Christianity in Medieval Sermon Exempla," will be published in Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues in the Fall of 2016. He has presented papers on his research at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the Mid-America Medieval Association, and the Texas Medieval Association. His research has been supported by a Schusterman Fellowship from the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies, as well as by a Hadassah-Brandeis Research Grant, and the Anne Hodges & Wayne Morgan Dissertation Fellowship.