Carolyn Klaasen

Field of Study: Hebrew Bible

Contact Info: csk2143@utsnyc.edu

Education:
A.B., Davidson College
M.A., Union Theological Seminary

Research Focus: 
Carolyn’s work applies the tools of gender studies, in particular masculinity studies and queer theory, to ancient narratives of women who kill. Her dissertation will examine how the authors of the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern texts employ the trope of being shamefully “beaten by a girl” in stories of women who wield deadly violence against men.

Background and Activities:
Carolyn’s background is in interfaith dialogue and activism, and before coming to Union she lived and worked in a multi-faith community. She has continued fighting for social justice as an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and serves on the board of Kolot Chayeinu, a progressive Jewish community in Brooklyn. While at Union Carolyn has been a longstanding Orientation Coordinator and member of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Courses:
Introduction to Old Testament
Content of the Old Testament (online)
Song of Songs (online)

 

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