Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw


Dr. Russaw’s research lies at the intersection of narrative criticism, ideological criticism, and feminist criticism, focusing especially on women in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. 

Dr. Russaw has presented her academic work at national and local conferences, published scholarly articles and essays such as “Wisdom in the Garden: The Woman of Genesis 3 and Alice Walker’s Sophia” (2015), “Zipporah and Circumcision as a Form of Preparation: Cutting Away at the Comfort Zone” (Spring 2003/Fall 2004), and “Obadiah” in The Wisdom Bible Commentary Series (forthcoming).  A sought after lecturer, Russaw writes on the Bible and popular culture in online spaces such as OnScripture, Huffington Post Religion, and The African American Lectionary.  Dr. Russaw’s book, Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (forthcoming Fortress Press) employs the tools of narrative criticism, feminist criticism, and social scientific theory to examine how biblical daughters navigate systems of power. 

Named one of “Six Black Women at the Center of Gravity in Theological Education” by NBCNews.com, Russaw is an ordained clergywoman in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and holds membership in many professional organizations including the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion


PhD, Religion/Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, Vanderbilt University

Coursework, Advanced Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

MA, Hebrew Bible, Vanderbilt University

MDiv, Biblical Studies, Interdenominational Theological Center

MBA, Marketing, Clark-Atlanta University,

BA, English, Spelman College

Research Interests

The Pentateuch

Women in the Biblical World

Interpretive Methods

Feminist and Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Bible and Culture

Religion and Culture

Ancient Near Eastern Literature


Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible, St. Paul School of Theology (Overland Park, KS)

Sankofa Scholar and Adjunct Professor, Candler School of Theology (Atlanta, GA)

Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL)

Dr. Russaw
Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences