Laura Nasrallah appointed as Buckingham Professor

Professor Laura Nasrallah
Laura Nasrallah

Laura Nasrallah, currently of Harvard Divinity School, has been named as the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation. Her appointment will be effective on July 1 when she joins the faculty of the Yale Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies.

Nasrallah’s research brings together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world, and focuses particularly on issues of empire, gender, and race and ethnicity.

Nasrallah’s major works include “‘An Ecstasy of Folly’: Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity,” “Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-Century Church Amid the Spaces of Empire,” and “Archaeology and the Letters of Paul.” She co-edited “Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christian Studies” and “From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonikē: Studies in Religion and Archaeology.” Nasrallah is working on a commentary on 1 Corinthians for the Hermeneia series — a critical and historical commentary on the Bible — and is completing a co-edited volume titled “From Roman to Early Christian Cyprus.” She has published 20 scholarly articles and book chapters, with several more at press or under review.

A graduate of Princeton University, Nasrallah earned an M.Div. and Th.D. from Harvard University. She taught at Occidental College (Los Angeles) before joining the Harvard faculty in 2003, earning promotion to associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2011.

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