Associate Professor of New Testament
Year Started at PTS: 2021




  • Ph.D., Drew University / New Testament and Early Christianity
  • S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Seton Hall University / Theology and Biblical Studies
  • M.H.A., Virginia Commonwealth University / Healthcare Administration
  • B.A., University of North Carolina / Chemistry


Areas of Specialty

  • Early Christianity
  • Contextual Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Contemporary Uses of the New Testament
  • Religious Identity Formation
  • The Letter to the Hebrews


Professional Societies

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Bible Odyssey—editorial board member
  • Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity—steering committee co-chair
  • American Academy of Religion
  • North American Patristic Society
  • Catholic Biblical Association

Academic Journals

  • Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion—editorial board member


  • 2020: Junior Faculty Award, Iona College
  • 2019-2020: Fellowship for Early Career Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities, “More Than a Feeling: A Pedagogy of Care, Integrating Radical Compassion into the Classroom”
  • 2018-2019: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Workshop for Early Career for Religion Faculty
  • 2012: The Fund for Theological Education, Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2006: John Paul II Award for Academic Excellence, Seton Hall University


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  • Doing it Different is a limited podcast partnership with Porshanality Media and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This podcast explores the Seminary's cutting-edge Doctor of Ministry degree and its various focus areas. In this episode, the Rev. Porsha Williams Gates interviews Dr. Jennifer Kaalund who has recently joined Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as associate professor of New Testament. Dr. Kaalund talks about hope, womanism, favorite Scripture passages, and her commitment to interpreting Christian Scripture as a word from God that brings people together rather than as a weapon that wounds. Listen in.