Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D.

Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies


Diploma in Jewish Studies from Oxford University
M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School
Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University

Areas of Expertise

  • Hebrew Bible and New Testament, especially Persian Period literature
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Bible and popular culture
  • Literary theory
  • Judaism and post-Holocaust thought

Areas of Research

  • (Per)mutations of Qohelet: Reading the Body in the Book (Continuum, 2006)
  • Gleaning Ruth: A Biblical Heroine and Her Afterlives (University of South Carolina, 2011)
  • Jesse‚Äôs Lineage: The Legendary Lives of Jesus, David, and Jesse James (Continuum, 2013); co-written with Robert Paul Seesengood
  • The Bible and Posthumanism (Scholars Press, 2014); an edited volume

Courses Taught

  • REL 141 Understanding the Hebrew Bible
  • REL 245 Monsters in the Bible
  • REL 244 Sex, Gender, Bible
  • REL 375 Religious Responses to the Holocaust
  • REL 250 Judaism: Religion and Culture