Chance P. McMahon is a first year student in the Comparative Literature option in the department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies. They completed their double BA in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chance's research focuses the impact of various imperialisms on ancient Near Eastern cultures, particularly Israelite and Judahite accommodations and critiques of imperialism in their legal texts. Chance's other interests include Jewish responses to modernity, legal studies, religious studies, and translation theory. Their research languages are ancient Hebrew (standard Biblical Hebrew, Late Biblical Hebrew, Qumranic Hebrew), Akkadian, Aramaic, Phoenician and other Canaanite dialects, and Ugaritic.