Having previously studied in Cambridge and Roehampton, Iona joined the University of Sheffield in 2009 to pursue doctoral research focused on interpretations of the book of Ruth. Alongside her research, Iona also coordinated a series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Her thesis, Englishing the Bible in Early Modern Europe: The case of Ruth, a study of ideological influences affecting the translation of the Bible into English (in comparison with contemporaneous European translations), was completed in 2014 (examined by Professor John Barton and Dr Richard Rex).
Iona is now working as a postdoctoral research associate on the Linguistic DNA of Modern Western Thought (under Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, School of English) based in the Humanities Research Institute. Iona continues to represent Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies including as an advisor to the new Centre for Archival Practices and coordinates the University of Sheffield's Centre for Early Modern Studies.
- Journal article and issue: ‘Practicing Biblical Literacy: Case Studies from the Sheffield Conference.’ I. C. Hine with contributions from Nicky Hallett, Carl Tighe, and José Luis Lopez Calle. In Postscripts: A Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 7.2 (2011). Part of Biblical Literacy segment, co-edited with James G. Crossley.
- Book chapter: ‘The Quest for Biblical Literacy: Curricula, Culture, and Case-studies.’ In Rethinking Biblical Literacy. Ed. K. Edwards. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015. Pp. 47-67.
- Digital resource: Telling Tales of King James' Bible, 1611-2011: An exhibition and educational resource. DVD-Rom. Co-producer, with the Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield. 2010–2011 (Cathedral and General editions). Including The UnAuthorized Version: interactive digital companion to the exhibition (in association with the Humanities Research Institute). Plus supplements (author): ‘The Bible as Treasure’; ‘Introducing the Bible: What is it, what’s in it, and why does it matter?’; (co-written with Museums Sheffield) ‘The Bible and the Right to Free Speech’; and (co-written with Gillian Cooper) ‘Telling Tales of King James’ Bible: A Study Guide’.
- ‘Miles Coverdale: An English translator in Europe.’ Early Modern Discussion Group. Sheffield, November 2014.
- ‘Constructions of power and worth in sixteenth-century bibles.’ Historical Sociolinguistics Network. Sheffield, February 2014.
- ‘How William Blake saw the Road to Bethlehem’. Society of Biblical Literature; Bible & Visual Art section. Chicago, November 2012.
- ‘Unexpected Visions of Naomi-Ruth’. Bible, Critical Theory, and Reception Seminar. Sheffield, September 2011.
- ‘Ruth 1 and the case of the Missing Marginal Note’. iSBL, London, 2011; and European Association of Biblical Studies, Thessaloniki, August 2011.
- ‘Abide with Her: Naomi and Ruth in early modern bibles’. Symposium, Manchester, March 2011.
- ‘Bitter and Twisted: The Nature of Naomi's Grief in Ruth 1.13’. Symposium, Durham, April 2010.
Research, teaching, and public engagement activities
- Research Associate, Linguistic DNA of Modern Western Thought (http://linguisticdna.org), 2015–.
- Centre for Archival Practices (CAP). Advisory Board Member. 2015–.
- Research Associate, Intoxicants and Early Modernity (http://intoxicantsproject.org), 2015.
- Coordinator, Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (http://scems.groups.shef.ac.uk/), 2014–.
- Lecture and tutoring: MA ‘Word into Words (Bible Translation)’ module (2013, 2014; module leader: Hugh Pyper); Level 1 Introduction to NT Greek modules (2012–2014; module leader: Minna Shkul).
- Project Coordinator: Sheffield King James Project (http://sheffield.ac.uk/kjv), 2010-2011.
- Society for Old Testament Studies (UK)
- Tyndale Society
- Philological Society