Associate Professor of Old Testament
Year Started at PTS: 2022



  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University / Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
  • M.Div., Interdenominational Theological Center / Biblical Studies
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University / Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
  • M.B.A., Clark-Atlanta University / Administration and Marketing
  • B.A., Spelman College / English




Areas of Specialty

  • The Pentateuch
  • Women in the Biblical World
  • Feminist and Womanist Biblical Interpretation
  • Bible and Culture
  • Ancient Near Eastern Literature


Professional Societies

  • Society of Biblical Literature—chair, African American Biblical Hermeneutics program unit
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society for the Study of Black Religion
  • National Black MBA Association
  • Academic Journals
  • Journal of Biblical Literature—editorial board member


  • 2021-2022: Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty, The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
  • 2008-2012: United Methodist Women of Color Scholar
  • 2011: Dissertation Writers’ Retreat, Vanderbilt University
  • 2010-2011: Dissertation Fellow, The Fund for Theological Education
  • 2009: Travel Award, The Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality (Vanderbilt University)
  • 2006-2007: Doctoral Fellow, The Fund for Theological Education

Additional Resource

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Old Testament Professor Kimberly Russaw