- B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Near Eastern Studies, 1995
- A.M., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Hebrew Bible, 2003
- Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Hebrew Bible, 2006
Before coming to Penn State, Prof. Legaspi taught at Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska) and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts). As a member of CAMS and Jewish Studies, Prof. Legaspi teaches courses in biblical studies, ethics, and the historical backgrounds of Judaism and Christianity. His principal research interests include the history of biblical interpretation, specifically the intellectual backgrounds of modern criticism in the early modern period and in various strands of the Enlightenment. He is the author of The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies (Oxford University Press, 2010). At the moment, Prof. Legaspi is working on a book-length study of the concept of wisdom, its roots in biblical and classical traditions, and its reflexes in modern intellectual history.