Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Dr. Parker has a Ph.D. in Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics (New Testament focus) from Chicago Theological Seminary. At this time, Dr. Parker seeks to publish her recent research entitled “Bodies, Violence, and Emotions: A Womanist Study of σῶμα (body) and πτῶμα (fallen body) in the Gospel of Mark.” Reading through the lens of womanist and postcolonial thought, Dr. Parker addresses the issue of bodies falling as a result of imperial violence in the Gospel of Mark. The issue of fallen bodies is especially important for contemporary Christian communities who witness police violence against black and brown bodies.
Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Parker earned the Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Shaw University, a historically black institution in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ordained as a Baptist minister and well-versed as a teacher in the church, Dr. Parker’s academic teaching experience comprises courses in New Testament and Biblical Greek. Additionally, her forthcoming publications include the following: “Visions of Liberation in the Midst of Domination: A Feminist/Womanist Dialogue on Romans 8:18-24”; and “A Womanist View of Racial Reconciliation and the Apostle Paul.”
In addition to all of these activities, Dr. Parker enjoys time spent with her husband, Victor, as they begin to explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Areas of Research:
- New Testament Text and Context
- The Gospel of Mark
- Pauline Epistles and Theology
- Womanist Biblical Interpretation, Theology and Ethics
- Contemporary Hermeneutical Strategies
- Postcolonial Theory