Current Members

Dr Emily Colgan (Trinity Theological College, Auckland NZ) is a Lecturer in Theology at Trinity Theological College in Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on the relationship between the Bible and contemporary social imaginaries, asking about the degree to which the ideologies contained within biblical texts continue to inform communities in the present. Emily is particularly interested in ecological representations in the Bible, as well as depictions of gender and violence. Emily has written chapters in Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix, 2015), The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation (Wipf and Stock, 2016), The Bible and Art: Perspectives from Oceania (Bloomsbury, 2017), and The Oxford Handbook on Bible and Ecology (Oxford University, forthcoming). Most recently, Emily has co-edited a multi-volume work with Caroline Blyth and Katie Edwards entitled Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion (Palgrave, forthcoming).

Claire Cunnington (University of Sheffield) Claire Cunnington is a Wellcome Trust funded PhD student in the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield. Her PhD title is “From Victim to Survivor: What actions do survivors take to redefine their identity when recovering from Child Sexual Abuse?” An aspect of this research is an examination of social construction of ‘child sexual abuse’ and how this has changed throughout history. The Bible has had a significant influence on child sexual abuse in terms of defining laws, influencing societal reaction as well as the specific treatment of victims and perpetrators. Her particular interest is how this cultural context affects recovery for current survivors of different genders and ages. Email:

Twitter: @Cunning_Claire

Dr Maude Dikobe (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a gender activist and Senior Lecturer in Literature and Expressive Arts of Africa and African Diaspora at the University of Botswana. From 2005 until 2013 Maude was Chair of the University of Botswana’s Gender Policy and Programme Committee, promoting women’s rights and representation at every level of University life and administration. She has extensive expertise in gender analysis and research and has worked on numerous projects that actively address power imbalances, particularly gender inequalities. She has participated in training women with political ambition through Letsema (the first black-owned and managed management consulting firm of South Africa, founded in 1996) in order to increase the representation and impact of women in politics in Botswana.

Professor J. C. Exum (University of Sheffield)

Dr Rosinah M. Gabaitse (University of Botswana) holds degrees from the Universities of Botswana, Yale and KwaZulu-Natal. She is recipient of a prestigious Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Award and an activist, scholar and Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana. Her specialisms include Women and the New Testament, Biblical Pentecostal Hermeneutics, and the Bible and Justice. She is, alongside the Shiloh Project, a member of the Society of Biblical Studies and of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. One publication of hers particularly relevant to the Shiloh Project is, ‘Passion Killings in Botswana: Masculinity at Crossroads’, in Redemptive Masculinities: Men, HIV and Religion, edited by Ezra Chitando and Sophie Chirongoma (Geneva: WCC Publications, 2012).

Dr Christopher Greenough (Edge Hill University) is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion at Edge Hill University. His research focuses on the intersections between gender, sexuality and religion, especially in queer theory and queer studies. His recent books include: Undoing Theology: Life Stories from Non-normative Christians (2018, SCM Press) and Queer Theologies: The Basics (2019, Routledge). He has also published book chapters and journal articles on queer methods in the study of religion, LGBTQ+ experiences of religion, ethics and activism. He is currently working on a project with Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield) on stigma and shame associated with male sexual abuse and the figure of Jesus.

Twitter: @DrGreenough

Dr Nechama Hadari (SIIBS) Nechama Hadari gained her PhD as a member of the Agunah Research Unit at the University of Manchester, where her thesis, The Kosher Get: A Halakhic Story of Divorce (Deborah Charles, 2012) explored Rabbinic understandings of autonomy and the human will, reaching far beyond the initial context of the research (the Mishnaic requirement that a man should only divorce his wife “willingly”). The thesis was subsequently awarded a prize by the International Council of Jewish Women. Her subsequent work has explored the intersection of gender, autonomy and religion in contexts as diverse as: attributing responsibility for war crimes, the coercive treatment of anorexia nervosa sufferers and societal attitudes towards teen pregnancy. Currently she’s involved in a feminist theological examination of the moral “fallout” from narratives we construct and accept about the Holocaust. In the context of the Shiloh project, she asks how the growing literature focussing on women’s complicity with, retrospective support for and (on occasion) active participation in the Holocaust might be interpreted in part as an uneasy response to growing awareness of the widespread rape of German women in the immediate aftermath of the War.

Dr Alison L. Joseph (Swarthmore College) Alison Joseph is a visiting assistant professor of Religion at Swarthmore College and the assistant managing editor of the Posen Library. Her work explores the contextual factors – historical and anthropological – that contribute to the composition of the Hebrew Bible. Her current research is on the Dinah story in Genesis 34, dealing with the role of gender in the prohibitions against intermarriage and the women’s sexual consent (or lack thereof). It addresses how in this story, and others, theological agendas are promoted through sexual violence. Her first book Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics received the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies

Twitter: @AlisonJoseph20

Rabbi Dr Deborah KahnHarris (Leo Baeck College, London, UK) is the Principal of Leo Baeck College, the only seminary for the training of progressive rabbis and educators in the UK. In addition to her other responsibilities as Principal, she also lectures in Hebrew Bible. Her principle research interests are around the Megillot – Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther – with a particular emphasis on feminist, gender, cultural studies, and other contemporary approaches. Her PhD from the University of Sheffield (2011) is entitled “‘A Hammer for Shattering Rock”’: Employing Classical Rabbinic Hermeneutics to Fashion Contemporary Feminist Commentary on the Bible’. In the context of the Shiloh Project, Rabbi Dr Kahn-Harris has a particular interest in how sexual violence in the Hebrew Bible is often hidden in plain sight and how that impacts on contemporary readings of the text.

Dr Jessica Keady (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David) Jessica Keady is a Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. She was previously Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre of Excellence: Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. Jessica’s current research uses social-scientific methodologies, including Masculinities Studies and Positioning Theory, to re-examine and re-interpret the Dead Sea Scrolls. Previously, Jessica worked as Researcher in Biblical Studies and Gender at the University of Chester (2015-2017) and collaborated on the Sexuality and Anglican Identities Project with Dr Paul Middleton. Jessica recently published her first monograph, Vulnerability and Valour: A Gendered Analysis of Everyday Life in the Dead Sea Scrolls Communities (Bloomsbury/T&T Clarke, 2017) and is co-editing a volume, alongside Dr Todd Klutz and Dr Casey Strine, entitled Scripture as Social Discourse: Social-Scientific Perspectives on Early Jewish and Christian Writings (Bloomsbury/T&T Clarke, forthcoming). Jessica has recently written a chapter for Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion (a three-volume series for Palgrave Macmillan, edited by Caroline Blyth, Emily Colgan and Katie Edwards) on the relationship between rape culture and purity culture in the narrative of Dinah (Genesis 34).

Twitter: @JessicaMKeady

Dr Mmapula D. Kebaneilwe (University of Botswana) a womanist scholar, academic activist and Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the University of Botswana. She holds degrees from the Universities of Botswana, Stellenbosch, and Murdoch (Western Australia). Her research interests include Wisdom Literature, the Psalms, the Hebrew Bible and environmental issues, women, HIV and AIDS. Alongside the Shiloh Project, she is a member also of the Old Testament Society of South Africa (OTSSA), the African Consortium for Law and Religion (ACLARS), the Association of Theological Institutions in Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA) and the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa (ASRSA), as well as BOLESWA (an academic network connecting the universities of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland). Mmapula is Project Partner for the AHRC-funded international development grant entitled, ‘Resisting Gender-Based Violence and Injustice Through Activism with Biblical Texts and Images’. Together with Shiloh Project co-leads Katie Edwards and Johanna Stiebert, Mmapula will be leading activities for resisting gender-based violence and rape culture manifestations in Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho and the UK.

Dr Dawn Llewellyn (University of Chester) Dawn Llewellyn is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies and Deputy Director of the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of Chester. Her work is grounded in qualitative approaches and examines gender and contemporary Christianity. In particular, she has examined women’s religious reading practices and literary cultures; the relationship between secular and religious feminisms; feminist generations; third and fourth wave feminisms; and feminist research methodologies.  Her current project investigates Christian women’s ‘choices’ toward motherhood and elective childlessness, and the ways this shapes their faith identities. She is also the author of Reading, Feminism and Spirituality: Breaking the Waves (Palgrave, 2015), and has co-edited Religion, Equalities and Inequalities (with Sonya Sharma, Routledge, 2016), and Reading Spiritualities (with Deborah Sawyer, Ashgate 2008). Email:

Twitter: @DawnLlewellyn

Emma Nagouse (University of Sheffield)  Emma Nagouse is a WRoCAH funded PhD student in the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) researching the phenomenon of rape culture in the Bible and contemporary society. Emma’s research focusses around how biblical and contemporary intersectional gender presentation facilitates rape and disbelief culture through reaffirming oppressive stereotypes and informing perceptions of rape gradations. She is Assistant Editor of the University of Sheffield History Matters blog and co-organiser of the Sheffield Feminist Archive (SFA). SFA is a grassroots community archive housed at Sheffield Archives which encourages donations of artefacts relating to women’s liberation in Sheffield, as well as actively collecting oral histories relating to local feminism. Emma is currently writing a chapter for Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion (a three volume series for Palgrave Macmillan, edited by Caroline Blyth, Emily Colgan and Katie Edwards) on male rape in the Bible and pop culture.

Twitter: @EJNagouse

Zanne Domoney-Lyttle (University of Glasgow) is a PhD candidate in Theology & Religious Studies/Stirling Maxwell Centre for Text-Image studies, and Biblical Studies Tutor at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD thesis, titled Drawing (non)Tradition: Matriarchs, Motherhood and the Presentation of Sacred Text in The Book of Genesis, Illustrated by R. Crumb, applied a comics-theoretical framework to R. Crumb’s remediation of Genesis with a focus on the matriarchal narratives of motherhood, to investigate the interaction between text and image, and how this dynamic affected perception of the text. Current research projects broadly involve remediations of the Bible in comic books, reception of the Bible in comics, the interpretation and presentation of sacred texts in text-image narratives, and the history of the Bible and sequential art. Zanne is also interested in issues of the representation of gender in the Hebrew Bible, especially from an art-historical perspective, as well as the reception of biblical text in other contemporary cultural products such as film and television.

Twitter: @zanzibarra

Dr Katherine Southwood (University of Oxford) Katherine Southwood is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Official Fellow in Theology at St John’s College, University of Oxford. Katherine recently published Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which, using various examples of bride theft from around the world, analyses Judges 21 and concludes it is an example of marriage by capture. Katherine is also the author of Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological Approach (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Dr Meredith Warren (University of Sheffield)  Meredith J C Warren is Director of the Embodied Religion research theme at the University of Sheffield, where she is Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies. Previously, Warren held a research position at the University of Ottawa (2013–2015), funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. Her most recent monograph, titled, My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Nonsacramental Reading of John 6:51–58 (Fortress Press 2015), analysed the intersection of cannibalistic language, divine identity, and human sacrifice in the Gospel of John and the Hellenistic romance novels of the early centuries of the Common Era. She continues to investigate female protagonists in ancient Jewish, Christian, and Pagan fiction to explore the ways in which the narrative depiction of women’s bodies plays a role in reinforcing and challenging ancient social norms. Warren’s research centres on how the body is a focusing lens through which to understand ancient and contemporary notions of religious identity, belonging, and exclusion.

Twitter: @DrMJCWarren

Dr Rocio Figueroa Alvear is a Peruvian Theologian, Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Good Shepherd College in Auckland and an External Researcher at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at Otago University, New Zealand. She has a bachelor’s degree and license in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Lima and her doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She has previously lectured and worked in Peru, Italy, and Mexico. She worked in the Holy See as head of the Women’s section in the Pontifical Council for the Laity. She has published on women’s studies and reciprocity between men and women. Rocio’s present research focus is theological and pastoral responses for survivors of Church sexual abuse. She spoke about her work at a recent public lecture organized by Voices of Faith, ‘Overcoming Silence – Women’s Voices in the Catholic Abuse Crisis’. She has also appeared on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour programme, #NunsToo: Nuns abused by priests and bishops. Rocio works with theologians Professor David Tombs and Dr Jayme Reave on a project, ‘When did we see you naked?’, which considers the historical, pastoral, and theological questions around faith-based responses to sexual abuse.


Twitter: @rocifig

Professor David Tombs is Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues, at the University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand. He has a longstanding interest in contextual and liberation theologies and is author of Latin American Liberation Theology (Brill, 2002). He has written on religion, violence, and peace-building, and his current research focusses on crucifixion. He is originally from London and studied theology at Oxford (BA Hons, 1987), Union Theological Seminary, New York (STM, 1988), and London (PhD 2004), and education at Birmingham (PGCE, 1989) and London (MA, 1993). He previously worked in the United Kingdom (University of Roehampton) and in Ireland ((Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin).

Twitter: @TombsDavid