Project Directors

Dr Caroline Blyth (University of Auckland)

Caroline Blyth is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests encompass exploring the Bible in popular culture, focusing in particular on representations of gender and sexuality in biblical and contemporary narratives. She has a special interest in the various intersections that exist between religion and violence, particularly gender violence in all its forms. Her recent publications include The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34: Interpreting Dinah’s Silence (OUP, 2010), Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015, co-edited with Robert Myles), and The Lost Seduction: Reimagining Delilah’s Afterlives as Femme Fatale (Bloomsbury, 2017). She is managing co-editor of the Bible and Critical Theory journal, and, along with Katie Edwards and Emily Colgan, co-edited a three-volume series, Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2018).​

Twitter: @CazBlyth

Dr Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield)

Katie Edwards is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the function, impact and influence of the Bible in contemporary culture. She is especially concerned with intersections of gender, race and class in popular cultural reappropriations of biblical characters/narratives. Katie is co-editor of the Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (JIBS) and is co-editor of Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion, a three volume series for Palgrave Macmillan (2018), with Caroline Blyth and Emily Colgan. Along with the other two Shiloh Project co-directors, Katie is series editor of the Routledge Focus series Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible. From 2019-2021 Katie is working with Caroline Blyth and Johanna Stiebert on an AHRC funded project exploring intersections of white privilege, sexual violence and religion.

Twitter: @KatieBEdwards

Professor Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds)

Johanna Stiebert is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Leeds. She studied at the Universities of Otago (Dunedin, NZ), Cambridge and Glasgow. Prior to joining Theology & Religious Studies at Leeds (in 2009) she taught at St. Martin’s College (now the University of Cumbria, 1998-1999), the University of Botswana (1999-2002), and the University of Tennessee (2003-2009), with shorter teaching stints also at the Kerala United Theological Seminary (2005) and the University of Swansea (2008). Her main research interests are in the Hebrew Bible and: self-conscious emotion terminology, ideological-critical readings of prophetic literature, African-centred interpretation, sexuality, and family dynamics. ​Johanna has published ​five books. From 2012-15, together with Professor Musa Dube (University of Botswana) she was co-recipient of a British Academy International Partnership Fund, ‘UK and Southern African Biblical Scholarship in Dialogue’. She was recipient of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (Humboldt Fellowship) and spent a year (August 2017-August 2018) at the University of Bamberg. She is actively involved in support for refugees and asylum seekers and a long-standing member of Amnesty International. ​Together with the other two co-directors, Johanna is series editor of the Routledge Focus series ‘Rape Culture, Religion, and the Bible’ for which she authored the inaugural volume, Rape Myths, the Bible and #MeToo. The three also collaborate (or have collaborated) on a number of externally funded research projects.

Twitter: @JoiStie20