Meet and Greet: Nyasha Junior

Dr. NJunior headshotyasha Junior is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. She earned her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, M.P.A. from Princeton University, M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion, and Ph.D. in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary.


Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C.

How did you become a biblical scholar?

My first M.Div. class was Introduction to Old Testament. I was hooked instantly!  


Usually on Twitter!

Current project?

An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation (Westminster John Knox Fall 2015)

Next project?

Reimagining Hagar: A Reception History (under contract with Oxford University Press)


Claremont School of Theology president Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan

Why study biblical texts?

It provides a greater understanding of the past and ongoing importance of these texts in our society. Also, it’s so much fun!

Teaching style?

Firm and fierce.

Fashion style?

Professorial fab.


I will be joining Temple University’s Department of Religion in fall 2015.

On repeat?

D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Black Messiah

Reading for fun?

Sula by Toni Morrison. See what I’ve been reading at Goodreads!




Yes, No Extra Credit – Your Backstage Pass to Academia.


Measure what matters.

This video is from 2012.

UPDATE: See the more recent interview with Dr. Junior.

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3 Responses to Meet and Greet: Nyasha Junior

  1. Paula Hall says:

    Dr. Junior is challenging and inspiring. She helped me push aside glib thoughts of “getting a Ph.D.” and made me fully realize the required focus, sacrifice and determination it takes to be a scholar. Dr Junior challenges each of her students to be serious and sober minded about their studies and opens a whole new world of understanding about the Biblical text. She is my heroine.


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