AboutSara Parks joined St Francis Xavier University as Assistant Professor in Religious Studies (Early Christianity) in the fall of 2022. She was formerly Assistant Professor in New Testament at Dublin City University, Ireland, and before that was a Leverhulme Fellow and Assistant Professor in New Testament Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. Sara’s PhD in Early Judaism and Historical Jesus is from McGill University (2016), where she also did an MA in New Testament and Christian Origins. Her recent books are Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus (Lexington/Fortress 2019) and Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean (with Shayna Sheinfeld and Meredith Warren; Routledge 2022). She teaches and researches gender, the history of women, and the dynamics of inner-Jewish and anti-Jewish polemics in the literature and artefacts of the late Hellenistic and early Roman periods. She is also interested in the reception of those texts and ideas in literature and worldviews today. Sara is committed to inclusive pedagogies and accessible scholarship, and has won awards for both teaching and mentorship.
EducationPhD Early Judaism & Historical Jesus, McGill 2016
MA New Testament & Christian Origins, McGill 2005
BA Biblical Studies & English Literature, Crandall 2002
Foundation in Fine Arts, NSCAD 1998
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“Fragments: Lost Stories of Ancient Women” Chester Beatty Annual Public Lecture 2023