Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Religious Studies
Born and raised in Big Sky Country (Montana), Rhiannon studied and lived in Pennsylvania, California, Berlin, and Memphis before coming to Washington University. She has a PhD in Near Eastern Studies, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, from the University of California, Berkeley. As an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, Rhiannon is committed to helping students achieve their full potential and realize the value of a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century. In addition to contributing to the mission and initiatives of the College, she is especially interested in internship opportunities for humanities students, seeking to connect the classroom and the world of ideas to the “real world.” Rhiannon also teaches and researches about the Hebrew Bible, gender, sexuality, and sexual violence, and is the author or editor of five books on this topic. She is the editor of the journal The Bible and Critical Theory and is active in the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. At Wash U, she teaches courses in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Religious Studies, as well as a first year seminar on “Sex and the Bible.” In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys hiking, reading (and critiquing) thrillers, and exploring Tower Grove Park with her toddler and dog.