Philosophy & Religion

Dr. Teresa Hornsby

Chair of Department of Philosophy & Religion
Professor of Religion

Dr. Teresa HornsbyEmail:
Phone: (417) 873-7849
Office: Burnham Hall, Room 215

Hello! And welcome to our Philosophy and Religion Department web page. I’m the chair of the department (Dr. Teresa J. Hornsby, a Professor of Religious Studies) and I teach the biblical studies courses, general religion courses, and some upper level topics for the department (such as The Bible, Sex, and Sexuality, A History of African American Religions in the US, and A History of Anti-Semitism). I received a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, a master's degree and a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Vanderbilt University. My research centers primarily on the topics of sexuality and gender in the Bible. I have a short list of some recent publications below. My most recent article is “The Dance of Gender: David, Jesus and Paul,” in Neotestamentica, a journal based in South Africa. This paper emerged from a series of lectures I gave at the University of South Africa in Pretoria and at Stellenbosch University. I am currently working on a manuscript called Bible Transitions: Toward a Trans Biblical Hermeneutic.

When I’m not teaching, researching and writing, I play drums in a Riot Grrrl band and I brew beer. Please email me with any question you may have about our department, our curriculum, Drury, my research, riot grrrl music or beer.


Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, eds. Teresa J.
Hornsby and Ken Stone. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature: Semeia Series, No. 67, 2011.

Sex Texts From the Bible: Selections Annotated & Explained. Woodstock, VT: Skylight
Paths/Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007.

Most Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“The Dance of Gender: David, Jesus, and Paul." Neotestimentica 48.1 (75-91).

“Queer Criticism,” in Searching for Meaning: A Practical Guide to New
Testament Interpretation, Paula Gooder, ed. Westminster/John Knox Press and SPCK Publishing Co., 2008. 144-151.

“Anointing Traditions,” in J. Dominic Crossan, Amy-Jill Levine, and
Dale Allison, eds., The Historical Jesus in Context.. Princeton University Press, 2006, 339-342.

“Ezekiel,” in Robert Goss, Deryn Guest, Mona West, and Thomas Bohache, eds.
The Queer Bible Commentary, SCM Press, 2006, pp. 412-426.