About Caryn


I’m a scholar of the Hebrew Bible with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. I’m an instructional associate professor at the University of Houston, teaching in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies there. I love teaching, writing, and speaking about the Bible. (If you meet me at a party, you will likely get your ear talked off about biblical literature!) My research interests include women in the Bible, Second Temple literature, and feminist and queer biblical interpretation.

I received my B.A. in Communications, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. I earned my M.A. in Jewish Studies, with a concentration in Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, from the Baltimore Hebrew Institute (now affiliated with Towson University) in 2010.

Before I was a biblical scholar, I was a newspaper reporter. Those two careers might sound pretty different, but I find that the skills I learned as a journalist make me a better scholar, writer, and teacher. I thrive on deadlines, I write clearly and with style, and I know how to explain complicated subjects without sacrificing accuracy or nuance.

You can view my CV here.

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