Assistant Professor of Religion and College Chaplain; BA, Doane College; MDiv and PhD, Texas Christian University

klow@marybaldwin.edu

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Low grew up in a tiny rural town in Nebraska where she attended First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. She studied at Doane College, a UCC affiliated liberal arts college, where she triple majored in Religious Studies, Spanish, and English. In partial fulfillment for the Bachelor of Arts, Dr. Low studied abroad twice, first, in Israel and the West Bank at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, then at Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. After college, she became a UCC and Disciples of Christ Homeland Ministries Intern and was sent to San Antonio, Texas, to become Volunteer Summer Coordinator at Inman Christian Center. There, she worked with many ministers who consistently told her she should go to seminary, so she heeded their advice and went back to Texas for her education.

Dr. Low received an MDiv and PhD from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was ordained as a UCC minister in 2004, working as Associate Campus Minister at the Wesley Foundation, TCU.Dr. Low’s course work expanded across many disciplines, reaching into art history, film studies, and multidisciplinary women’s studies.Dr. Low’s interests in Christian history, cultural and gender studies, and biblical studies led to the completion of her dissertation titled “Domestic Disputations at the Dung Heap: A Reception History of Job and His Wife in Christianity of the West.” She continues to explore intersections of religion, gender, and culture, as evident in published articles in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Biblical InterpretationJournal of Religion and Film, and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

Dr. Low enjoys teaching introductory courses on the Bible and introducing students to the complexities of her field. She also enjoys reading vampire novels and watching films, especially zombie related ones. Besides her spouse, Dr. Low’s family consists of one daughter who lights up her life, and two dogs who often challenge her patience.

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