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Martien Halvorson-Taylor is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the editorial boards of Bible Odyssey, Hebrew Studies, and the Journal of Biblical Literature. She is co-host of the podcast Sacred & Profane.
Halvorson-Taylor earned her BA at Yale University, her MDiv at Harvard Divinity School, and her AM and PhD in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Hebrew Bible) at Harvard University. She began teaching at the University of Virginia in 2004 and has held her current position of Associate Professor since 2012. She served as Associate Department Chair of Religious Studies from 2012–2020.
Research and Publications
Halvorson-Taylor is a scholar of the literature, religions, and history of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the Second Temple period.
Her first book, Enduring Exile, "charts the transformation of exile from a historically bound and geographically constrained concept into a symbol for physical, mental, and spiritual distress". She co-edited (with Katherine Southwood) Women and Exilic Identity in the Hebrew Bible and has published numerous articles in journals and edited volumes. These include “Prophetic Images of Women as Metaphors for Exile: Jeremiah’s Book of Consolation,” in Images of Exile in the Prophetic Literature: Copenhagen Conference Proceedings 7–10 May 2017, “Exile and Dislocation” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (2015), and “Displacement and Diaspora in Biblical Narrative” in The Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative (2015).
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
Halvorson-Taylor is the recipient of a number of awards and grants, including a grant from The Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA) (2020); one of the inaugural Democracy Initiative grants from the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences (2017) for the Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab; an All-University Teaching Award at the University of Virginia (2016); and a resident fellowship at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2016).
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