Kimberly D. Russaw
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible
Phone: (317) 931-4227
When Kimberly D. Russaw earned the PhD in Religion from Vanderbilt University where she studied Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel she joined a select group of scholars who passionately teach the next generation of Christian leaders at our seminaries, colleges, and universities. Russaw has taught and lectured in diverse learning environments including the local church, the connectional church, universities, and seminaries. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Christian Theological Seminary. Her research interests include The Pentateuch; Interpretive Methods; Women in the Biblical World; Feminist and Womanist Biblical Interpretation; Bible and Culture; Religion and Culture; and Ancient Near Eastern Literature. Born in Chicago, IL, Russaw is a graduate of Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Management and Organization minor. She also earned a Master of Business Administration degree (Marketing) from Clark-Atlanta University, which prepared her for a successful career in consumer marketing at Fortune 500 companies such as Nabisco and The Coca-Cola Company. Russaw is a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center where she earned the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Biblical Studies.
Russaw is the author of Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress Academic, 2018) in which she employs the tools of narrative criticism, feminist criticism, and social scientific theory to examine how biblical daughters navigate systems of power. She has also published the essay, “Wisdom in the Garden: The Woman of Genesis 3 and Alice Walker’s Sofia,” in I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader (2015), and the journal article, “Veils and Lapcloths: The Great Cover Up of Bynum, the Bible, and Black Churches,” in Black Theology: An International Journal 16.3 (Nov 2018 release date). Additionally, Russaw has written on the Bible and popular culture in online spaces such as OnScripture and Huffington Post Religion.
A sought after teacher, lecturer, and preacher, Russaw was named one of “Six Black Women at the Center of Gravity in Theological Education” by NBCNews.com, and inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. Russaw is an ordained clergywoman in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and holds membership in many professional organizations including the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.