Elizabeth Anne Castelli
|Department||Religion, Barnard College|
New York NY 10027
Elizabeth A. Castelli is Professor and Chair of the Religion Department. Since 2009, she has been Acting Chair of the Program in Jewish Studies at Barnard, and in the 2011-2012 academic year, she is Acting Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women.
Castelli is a specialist in biblical studies, early Christianity, and feminist/gender studies in religion. Her work in biblical studies draws upon contemporary literary theory and cultural criticism. Currently she is especially interested in the "afterlives" of biblical texts — how the Bible is deployed and recycled in contemporary social, political, and cultural expressions and debates. She is exploring biblical afterlives in a new research project on the resurgence of interest among continental philosophers and cultural workers in the biblical letters of Paul, and is at work on a translation of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini's "San Paolo," the never-produced script for a film about St. Paul. She is the founding editor of the scholarly journal Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and she is an advisory board member of the Center for Religion and Media at New York University.
Prior to entering academia, she worked as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council on Domestic Violence, a coalition of the state's shelters for battered women. She has also held administrative positions at Brown University and Claremont Graduate School.