Executive Director of the Nielsen Center
Professor of Religious Studies at Eckerd College
Davina C. Lopez is Professor of Religious Studies, and core faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida, where she currently serves as the chair of the Letters (Humanities) collegium. A historian of religion and biblical scholar, her research focuses on discourses produced by doubters, heretics, extremists, innovators, and other strangers across time and cultures, inside and outside of organized religious movements, from the ancient near east to the contemporary United States. Alongside numerous articles, book chapters, and essays, she is the author of Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul’s Mission (2008); senior editor of the Greek, Roman, New Testament, and Early Christian worlds for The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (2014); the co-author (with Todd Penner) of De-Introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories (2015), and the Pauline Literature editor for the Westminster NRSV Study Bible (2023).