Bernadette Brooten

Bernadette Brooten, Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies; of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and of Classical Studies; and chairs Religious Studies at Brandeis University, is founder and director of the Brandeis Feminist Sexual Ethics Project. In collaboration with Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson and Jessica Yanick Pierre, she is researching hindrances faced by Black college women to reporting sexual and racial harassment and violence, and she is currently writing a book on early Christian women who were enslaved or who owned enslaved laborers. Previous publications include: Women Leaders in The Ancient Synagogue: Inscriptional Evidence and Background Issues (1982), Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism (1996), for which she received three awards, and, with the editorial assistance of Jacqueline L. Hazelton, she edited Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies(2010). She has also published on various topics in ancient Jewish and early Christian history.