Susan Ackerman

Academic Appointments
  • Preston H. Kelsey Professorship in Religion

  • Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Susan Ackerman joined the Religion Department in 1990 after teaching at the University of Arizona and at Winthrop College in South Carolina. She is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan), an interest she first developed as an undergraduate religion major at Dartmouth (A.B., 1980) and continued to explore in graduate school at Harvard (M.T.S., 1982; Ph.D., 1987).

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  • A.B. Dartmouth College, 1980
  • M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, 1982
  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1987

Selected Publications

  • When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David (2005).

  • Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen: Women in Judges and Biblical Israel (1998).

  • Under Every Green Tree: Popular Religion in Sixth-Century Judah (1992).