University Profiles

Colleen Conway

Colleen M. Conway, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

Department of Religion


Dr. Conway's research interests are focused on the construction of gender in New Testament texts.

Dr. Conway’s primary research focus is on the function of gender categories in biblical texts from literary, cultural and historical perspectives. Her book, Men and Women in the Fourth Gospel: Gender and Johannine Characterization (Scholars Press, 1999) explores the role of the female characters in the narrative of the Gospel of John. Behold the Man: Jesus and Greco-Roman Masculinity (Oxford Press, 2008), examines the way the New Testament authors responded to cultural ideals about manliness in their presentations of Jesus. Dr. Conway has also co-authored An Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts (Wiley Blackwell, 2010), a textbook designed for a one semester course introducing the Bible to undergraduates. Her current book project examines how artistic and literary depictions of the characters of Jael and Sisera (Judges 4-5) reflect wide-ranging cultural debates about sex and gender roles.


  • Ph.D., Emory University, 1997

Academic Distinctions

  • Recipient of $4,500 Faculty Innovation Grant from the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center, Seton Hall University. Project title: "Technology, the Bible, and Empire" (Summer 2004).
  • Recipient of $7,000 Wabash Summer Research Grant (July-August 2000)



Office Phone
(973) 275-5848


Office Location
Room 327
Fahy Hall


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