Melanie Johnson-Debaufre, Drew University
Melanie Johnson-Debaufre is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Drew University, Theological School. Her work extends beyond the classroom and library, into churches, popular media, and community groups and architectural sites in Turkey. Through her research, teaching, and speaking, she explores how the study of early Christianity and its context in the Roman Empire provides insight into contemporary debates about the Bible, religion, sexuality, and globalization.
Shelly Matthews, Brite Divinity School
Shelly is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. She currently co-chairs the Society of Biblical Literature Section on Early Jewish and Christian Relations, and was the co- founder and served for six years as co-chair of the SBL section on Violence and Representations of Violence Among Jews and Christians. She also serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Biblical Literature, and Lectio Dificilior. Her research interests include feminist biblical interpretation, the Acts of the Apostles, early Jewish Christian relations, and Paul in the second century.
Amy Kalmanofsky, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Amy Kalmanofsky is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and an associate professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible. Dr. Kalmanofsky has written numerous articles examining the biblical representation of women and the roles women play in the Bible. Her most recent book, The Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible (Fortress Press, 2014) explores the biblical portrayal of sisters and sisterhoods, and argues that both play a vital role in the Bible’s narrative. She currently is working on a book entitled Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible which explores the ways in which the Bible defies and challenges its gender norms.
Namsoon Kang, Brite Divinity School
Namsoon Kang is professor of Theology and Religion at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. Her most recent books include Diasporic Feminist Theology, Cosmopolitan Theology, and Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity (co-edited). Teaching, researching, and writing from transdisciplinary spaces, her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of cosmopolitanism, apophatic theology/philosophy, deconstruction, postmodernism, postcolonialism, feminism, and diaspora. Her writing on cosmopolitan theology engages recent theories of cosmopolitan rights, justice, and hospitality, especially those of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, and Jacques Derrida.
Sarojini Nadar, University of the Western Cape
Sarojini Nadar is a Full Professor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Her publications span diverse topics of research at the intersections of gender studies and religion, including gender based violence, HIV, sexuality, masculinity studies and most recently gender in higher education. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa, is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, and actively participates in the Faith and Feminism working group of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Kate Ott, Drew University
Kate Ott is Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics Drew University, Theological School. Kate’s research is in the fields of Christian social ethics, moral theology, and childhood/youth studies. She is particularly interested in issues of sexuality, race, and global consumerism as they shape our sense of moral agency and choice. Her recent academic and activist work place children and youth at the center of inquiry using a feminist and critical social ethics lens. Her most recent book is Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence. Dr. Ott is also co-editor of Just Hospitality: God’s Welcome in a World of Differenceand the forthcoming Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation. For more information on her research and teaching visit kateott.org.
K. Christine Pae, Denison University
K. Christine Pae is Associate Professor of Religion, Queer Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies at Denison University. As a Christian feminist ethicist, Christine’s academic interests include feminist peacemaking and interfaith spiritual activism, transnationalized militarism with focus on intersection between gender and race, transnational feminist ethics, and Asian/Asian-American perspectives on post-colonial racial relations. Currently Christine is working on her manuscript, Sex and War: A Christian Feminist Ethic of War and Peace. She has published and presented several essays concerning war, women, Asian American Christianity, and religious ethics. As a co-convener, she serves the Asian American Ethics Working Group at the Society of Christian Ethics (2011-2013).
Saadia Yacoob, Williams College
Saadia Yacoob is Assistant Professor of Religion at Williams College. She holds a PhD from Duke University and an MA from the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. Her research focuses on the construction of gender in early Islamic law, exploring the legal tradition’s normative constructions of maleness and femaleness and the gendered body and the impact of these gendered norms on legal hermeneutics. More broadly, her research interests include the history of Islamic law, Islamic feminism, history of sexuality, feminist epistemology, and legal anthropology.
Nikki Hoskins, Doctoral Student, Drew University
Nikki Hoskins is a PhD student in Christian social ethics at Drew University, Theological School. Her research explores black women’s eco-religious activism, particularly in urban environments.