Influential Females in Academia

Influential Female Scholars of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

Dr Robyn Faith Walsh Mythvision

Dr. Robyn Faith Walsh

Dr. Robyn Walsh is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at University of Miami. Dr. Walsh earned her Ph.D. at Brown University in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, with a focus on early Christianity, ancient Judaism, and Roman archaeology. She teaches courses on the New Testament, Greco-Roman literature and material culture.

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Mythvision

Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou is a British biblical scholar and broadcaster. She is currently a Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter. Her research is primarily focused on ancient Israelite and Judahite religions, and portrayals of the religious past in the Hebrew Bible. More specifically, she’s most interested in biblical traditions and ancient religious practices most at odds with Western cultural preferences, especially those bound up with the materiality and sociality of the body – whether living or dead, divine or human. Alongside Dr. Stavrakopoulou’s research and teaching, she is also involved in various media activities, including writing and presenting the BBC TV documentary series Bible’s Buried Secrets, which was recently re-aired on Netflix US.

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Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion. She’s an internationally renowned scholar and teacher, as well as the author of numerous books. Dr. Levine is the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. In 2021 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. She has given over 500 lectures on the Bible, Christian-Jewish relations, and Religion, Gender, and Sexuality across the globe.

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Dr. Elaine Pagels

Dr. Elaine Pagels is an American historian of religion. She is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and an Aspen Institute Trustee. Dr. Pagels has conducted extensive research into early Christianity and Gnosticism. Pagels joined the Princeton faculty in 1982, shortly after receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Perhaps best known as the author of “The Gnostic Gospels,” “The Origin of Satan,” and “Adam, Eve and the Serpent,” she has published widely on Gnosticism and early Christianity, and continues to pursue research interests on topics that include sexuality and politics, visions, and the origins of Christian anti-semitism. In 2013 she received an honorary law degree from her alumni,  Harvard University, and, in 2016, the National Medal for the Arts from President Barack Obama.

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