Aysha W. Musa is a fully funded fourth year PhD student with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and the School of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is working in the field of Gender and the Bible, focusing on Jael’s performances of gender in Judges 4 and 5.

Aysha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is currently a coordinator for the Sheffield Gender History Group and an Academic Tutor for the Realising Opportunities outreach programme.


PhD candidate (expected 2019)
‘Genderfuck and Jael’
University of Sheffield, School of English Literature and the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)
Supervisors: Dr. Katie B. Edwards and Dr. Meredith Warren

MA with Distinction
Biblical Studies Research
University of Sheffield, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)
Supervisor: Dr. Katie B. Edwards

BA with First Class Honours
Biblical Studies
University of Sheffield, Department of Biblical Studies
Supervisors: Professor James G. Crossley and Dr. Mark Finney


‘The Gendered Construction of Blame in the Gospel of Mark’s Account of John the Baptist’s Death’, Sheffield Gender History Journal, (University of Sheffield: Summer 2018), pp. 34-42.

‘Taking a Leave of Absence During My PhD’ Doctoral Times, (University of Sheffield: Issue 16), p. 5.

‘Don’t believe The Handmaid’s Tale: the original Jezebel has been much maligned’ The Conversation (18.07.17).

‘Reading Solomon J. Solomon’s Samson’ FORUM, Issue 23.

‘Event Review: Orange Is The New Bible Symposium’ Track Changes, Issue 9, pp. 130-133.

Book Review: Sherry Lou Macgregor, Beyond Hearth and Home; Women in the Public Sphere in Neo-Assyrian Society’, Palestine Exploration Quarterly, Volume 14, pp. 256-260.

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