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BIO & PROFESSIONAL INFO

Jennifer G Bird, PhD

 

An East Coaster by upbringing, undergrad, and graduate schools, Dr. Bird has taught in New Jersey, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Oregon and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Hollins University. On the side, she carves out time for speaking and writing on marriage in the Bible. Her background within the United Methodist Church, education in a Presbyterian affiliated institution, time spent in several ministerial contexts, and 20 years of teaching in classrooms of all kinds all inform her approach to having quite honest, and sometimes difficult, conversations about what is actually to be found in the scriptures of the Christian Bible.

 

No question, her favorite conversations include

gender, sexuality, and marriage:

what the Bible does and does not say about them!

Education

 

BS Mathematics, Education Minor
 Virginia Tech . 1994
 

Master of Divinity
Princeton Theological Seminary . 2001
 

PhD, New Testament & Early Christianity
Vanderbilt University . 2007

Work Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor , Hollins University

2021-2023

Dr. Bird is thrilled to have the opportunity to step into this two-year position at Hollins University! Her courses at HU include Religion in a Global Context, introductions to the primary Christian Testaments, Buddhism, Feminist/Womanist/Queer Theologies, and Bible in a Global Village.

Adjunct Assistant Professor . University of Portland

2014 - 2021

The Theology Department has graciously welcomed Dr. Bird into their community. She teaches a regular schedule, every year, of several sections of the biblical introduction course and
an upper level hermeneutics course, "The Bible in a Global Village."

Part-Time Faculty . Portland Community College

2014 - present

 

Dr. Bird first started teaching Introduction to World Religions courses and has been at the center of developing the introduction courses on the two Christian testaments of the Bible. 

Associate Professor of Religion . Greensboro College

2007 - 2013

 

Six years of incredible experiences teaching Honors and Biblical Studies Courses, 
directing the Women's & Gender Studies Program,

and supporting students in their extracurricular endeavors.
It was her time in North Carolina that led Dr. Bird to "marriage in the Bible" as a scholarly focus.

Endorsements

"I managed to see the delightful, intelligent, and trail-blazing Dr Jennifer Bird speak tonight on the topic of sex and the Bible. Nothing I like more than a fresh perspective, an accepting and egalitarian approach to a very often exclusionary subject. Very impressive."

— Rachel Anderson Neu, Salem, Virginia

"Love, love, love reading her work. Makes even this old woman think about things differently."

— Barbara Boggs, Roanoke, Virginia