Katherine joined the school of Divinity, History and Philosophy in September 2017 as the Kirby Laing Postdoctoral Fellow in New Testament Studies. In August 2019 she became Lecturer in New Testament. Before moving to Aberdeen, between 2015-2017, she worked with Prof David Horrell at the University of Exeter as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on his AHRC (UK) funded project entitled ‘Ethnicity, Race, and Religion in Early Christian and Jewish Identities: A Critical Examination of Ancient Sources and Modern Scholarship’. Katherine gained her PhD in 2016 from Durham University under the supervision of Prof John Barclay. Her AHRC (UK) funded thesis utilised ancient Greco-Roman philosophy and rhetoric along with developments in the field of modern emotion studies to explore the role of emotions in the rhetorical discourse of 1 Peter.
Katherine is interested, more broadly, in the formation and shaping of Early Christian idenitity. More specifically this includes interest in:
- 1 Peter and the Catholic Epistles
- Emotion Studies and the New Testament
- Ancient philosophical ethics (esp. of emotion)
- Rhetoric and the New Testament
- Christian self-conception
Katherine continues to extend her work on emotions in the New Testament by invesitgating themes of anger and non-retaliation across a range of NT texts with the aim of uncovering various Early Christian responses to hostility, harm and loss. Within this research she is also interested in how conceptions of the self affect the possibilities for Christian emotional life.
Jesus in History and Culture (2017-18)
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Katherine is on the Steering Committee of the Bible and Emotion Group at the Society of Biblical Literature.
Katherine is Co-convenor with Dr Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer of Sophia: DRS Women's Network.
Sophia is a new initiative that seeks to create a supportive environment for female post-graduate students and staff within Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen.