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Kathleen Gallagher Elkins

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

B.A. Greensboro College
M.A. Union Presbyterian Seminary
Ph.D., Drew University

Programs: Theology and Religious StudiesWomen and Gender StudiesClassical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Kathleen Gallagher Elkins researches early Christian and Jewish texts, including the texts of the New Testament. Her research and teaching focus on the political, social and ethical impact of texts that can often be used for violent or harmful ends, in order to develop reading strategies that result in a more livable world for those who are most vulnerable. 

Her first book is a revision of her doctoral dissertation. It is entitled Mary, Mother of Martyrs: How Motherhood Became Self-Sacrifice in Early Christianity and was published in 2018 by Feminist Studies in Religion Press. 

Additional research interests include feminist hermeneutics, childhood studies, trauma theory and post-Shoah (or post-Holocaust) interpretations of the Bible.

THRS 117 Theological Foundations
THRS 309 Biblical Exegesis and Research
THRS 324/WMGS 324 Women and the Bible
THRS 329 The New Testament
THRS 331 Judaism and Christianity: The Holocaust
THEO 503 Scripture and Biblical Interpretation
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