Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw is associate professor of Old Testament, a position she has held since 2022. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where she serves as the chair of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics program unit. She is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Biblical Literature. Her other professional memberships include the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Black Religion, and the National Black MBA Association. Her many publications include Revisiting Rahab: Another Look at the Woman of Jericho (Wesley Foundry Books, 2021), Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (Lexington Books, 2018), and “Undaunted: Reading Miriam for the Sisters They Tried to Erase” in Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Fortress Press, 2021). Russaw has lectured or presented at events for PBS, Bible and Religions of the Ancient Near East, the Association of Theological Schools, and the Society of Biblical Literature, in addition to events at many universities and seminaries. She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel from Vanderbilt University, and she is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw joined the faculty of PTS in 2022, bringing with her a track record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and writing. “Dr. Russaw is a thoughtful and engaging educator who pays close attention to her students’ needs and the trends in the classroom,” noted President Asa Lee at the time of Dr. Russaw’s appointment. “Her expertise in womanist, feminist, and African American hermeneutics along with her commitment to traditional Biblical scholarship will enhance the scope and depth of our faculty’s work. She is a passionately engaged clergy scholar with a strong record of service to the church. She embodies many of the commitments of PTS. We are blessed to have her.”
In addition to womanist hermeneutics, Kimberly’s current interests include the Pentateuch, Ancient Near Eastern literature, and the Bible and culture. When teaching about these subjects in the classroom, she is known as a kind, candid, and humorous educator. She loves teaching, particularly when it includes mentoring and connects students to both the world of the text and to their own cultures.
Kimberly is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and so her work is not geared only for the ivory towers of academia. Rather, she is passionate about instilling wisdom in the lives of pastors and lay leaders in the church.
Revisiting Rahab: Another Look at the Woman of Jericho (Wesley’s Foundery Books, 2021).
“Undaunted: Reading Miriam for the Sistas They Tried to Erase” in Stony the Road We Trod 30th Anniversary Edition (Fortress, 2021).
Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (Minneapolis: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2018).
“Veils and Lapcloths: The Great Cover Up of Bynum, the Bible, and Black Churches,” in Black Theology: An International Journal 16.3 (2018).
“Wisdom in the Garden: The Woman of Genesis 3 and Alice Walker’s Sophia,” in I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader, ed. Mitzi J. Smith Eugene (Cascade Books, 2015).