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The Status of Women in the Profession Committee supports
and, when necessary, advocates for the female members of the SBL by:
- Tracking the academic and professional
situations of women in Biblical Studies and related fields
- Creating forums for women members to discuss
academic and professional issues and conditions
- Providing mentoring and networking
It seeks to open the Society to greater participation by
women and to call attention to the various ways in which the Society speaks to
and about women.
CSWP advocates for:
- The development of programs and policies that
support the full inclusion of women in the activities of SBL
- Information-gathering regarding women's
experiences within the academy at all career stages
- Women biblical scholars in contexts beyond
- Developing policies and monitoring complaints
of sexual harassment and ethical misconduct
CSWP also has an active Facebook page that facilitates discussion.
The Status of Women in the Profession Outstanding Service in Mentoring Awards
Each year at the SBL Annual Meeting, CSWP honors women who have been excellent mentors to women in the field.
Learn more about CSWP mentor awards here.
Members of the committee:
April DeConick- Chair
Jannette Ok - Student Representative
Jennifer Nesbitt - Staff Liaison
April DeConick is Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University. She has written extensively on early Christianity, mysticism and Gnosticism. Her most recent books are Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter (Continuum 2011) and The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says (Continuum 2007, revised and expanded 2009). She serves on the editorial board for the Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies monograph series (Leiden: Brill). In the past, she has served as Chair of the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism Section, and the Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. She currently chairs the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section. She writes a professional blog called The Forbidden Gospels.
Angela Kim Harkins(University
of Notre Dame Ph.D. 2003) is an Associate Professor of New Testament
at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. In 2014-2016, she
was a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the University of Birmingham
in England where she conducted research into religious experience in the late
Second Temple period. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal
for the Study of the New Testament and Ekstasis: Religious
Experience from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, a book series published
by De Gruyter press. She is chair of the Religious Experience in
Antiquity Section and serves on the steering committee for the
new Prayer in Antiquity Consultation and the Qumran Section
of the ISBL. Harkins is the author of Reading with an “I” to the
Heavens (2012) and has collaborated on several edited
volumes. She has published numerous articles and essays on prayer and
emotion. Her most recent research interest investigates the role of emotions
and grief in the generation of interpretation and visionary experiences in the
late Second Temple period.
Dominika Kurek-Chomycz (Ph.D., KU Leuven, Belgium) is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at
Liverpool Hope University, UK. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the
olfactory metaphor in 2 Cor 2:14-17, and the motif of scent in ancient Jewish
literature more generally. Her expertise and research interests include also
the significance of material evidence for the interpretation of the New
Testament; emotions, sense perception and sense imagery in ancient Jewish and
Christian literature; women and gender in Early Christianity; and biblical
hermeneutics. She has published a number of articles in various journals and
edited volumes, is co-author of 2 Corinthians: A Bibliography (Peeters,
2008) and co-editor of Theologizing in the Corinthian Conflict: Studies in
Exegesis and Theology of 2 Corinthians (Peeters, 2013). She serves on the
editorial board for the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and
is actively involved in the governance of several scholarly societies,
including her current position of the Executive Officer of the European
Association of Biblical Studies.
Marianne Bjelland Kartzow is Professor of
New Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway.
Her interests include gender theory in all its complexity and variety, early
Christian texts, and social history. She is also concerned about
how teaching, research and societal involvement can be better connected.
Kartzow has, in addition to several articles and book chapters, published two
monographs (Gossip and Gender: Othering of Speech in the Pastoral Epistles, DeGruyter
2009 and Destabilizing the Margins: An Intersectional Approach to Early
Christian Memory, Pickwick 2012). She has co-edited several volumes, most
recently Bodies, Borders, Believers: Ancient Texts and Present Conversations
(Pickwick 2015; festschrift for Turid Karlsen Seim).
Christl M. Maier is Professor of Old Testament at
Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. In 2003-2006 she taught at Yale Divinity
School, New Haven, CT. Her academic specialties include OT wisdom literature,
Jeremiah, feminist hermeneutics, and studies of space. She is Editor-in-Chief
of Supplements to Vetus Testamentum and serves in the editorial boards of the
Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and
lectio difficilior. Currently she is writing a commentary on Jeremiah 1-25 for
the International Exegetical Commentary of the Old Testament series. She is the
author and coeditor of many books, e.g., The Writings and Later Wisdom Books
(ed. with Nuria Calduch-Benages, 2014), Prophecy and Power: Jeremiah in
Feminist and Post¬colonial Perspective (ed. with Carolyn J. Sharp, 2013),
Constructions of Space V: Place, Space, and Identity in the Ancient
Mediterranean World (ed. with Gert Prinsloo, 2013), and Daughter Zion, Mother
Zion. Gender, Space, and the Sacred in Ancient Israel (author, 2008).
Heidi Marx-Wolf is an Assistant Professor in the Religion Department at the University of Manitoba. Her teaching and research focuses on Early Christianity and the religions of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. She has published articles in the Journal for Early Christian Studies and, Studia Patristica. She also has a number of papers in edited collections. She is currently finishing a monograph on the spiritual taxonomies of late Roman philosophers, "Gnostics," and ritual experts. Finally, she currently holds a three year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant for work on her next project focusing on the intersections between medicine, philosophy, and religion in late antiquity.
Julia M. O’Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her academic specialties include the Minor Prophets and feminist and gender studies. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (forthcoming 2014) and is completing a feminist commentary on Micah for the Wisdom Commentary Series (Liturgical Press). Publications include Challenging Prophetic Metaphor (Westminster John Knox, 2008); Nahum through Malachi (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series, 2004); Nahum (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002; 2nd ed. 2009); and Priest and Levite in Malachi (Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series, 1990). With Chris Franke, she co-edited Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets (T & T Clark, 2010).
Janette Ok is a PhD candidate in New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, writing her dissertation on 1 Peter and the construction of ethnic identity. Janette serves on the steering committee for the Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature (2009-present). Her presentations include the following: “Who You are No Longer: Constructing Ethnic Identity in 1 Peter.” SBL Annual Conference Paper, Baltimore, MD, November 2013; “Active Perseverance in Romans 5:1-5: Paul’s Challenge and Encouragement to the Korean American Church.” SBL Annual Conference Paper, San Diego, CA, November 2006; Review of The Peoples' Bible (Fortress, 2008) and The Peoples' Companion to the Bible (Fortress, 2010). SBL Annual Conference Book Review Panelist, Atlanta, GA, November 2010.
Susanne Scholz (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York) is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. She is the author and (co-)editor of the following books: God Loves Diversity & Justice: Progressive Scholars Speak about Faith, Politics, & the World (editor, 2013), Sacred Witness: Rape in the Hebrew Bible (2010), Introducing the Women’s Hebrew Bible (2007), Biblical Studies Alternatively: An Introductory Reader (editor, 2003), Rape Plots: A Feminist Cultural Study of Genesis 34 (2000), and Zwischenräume: Deutsche feministische Theologinnen im Ausland (co-editor, 2000).