Professor Katherine E. Southwood


I came to Oxford in October 2013 having previously held a post at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. Prior to that I was Kennicott Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Oxford.

I have a wide range of teaching experience and I enjoy teaching at all levels. I am keen to supervise doctoral students, especially those with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to ancient texts.

Research Area:

Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible

Research Interests:

My research is characterised by methodologically robust interdisciplinary engagement with primary texts. I am particularly interested in how social anthropology can facilitate new insights into ancient texts. This is demonstrated in all of my publications, in particular my monograph-length treatments of return migration and ethnicity in Ezra; of marriage practices in Judges; and of the body in Job.

External Engagement:

In 2017 I received funding from the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support for Public Engagement with Research and I ran a project involving three international conferences, open to the public, with NHS healthcare chaplains. I also received funding from TORCH (Medical Humanities Award) to run a conference on methods in medical humanities. 

At St John’s College, Oxford I run an annual study day and book competition. I am keen to recruit undergraduates and welcome applications in Theology to the college.


Publications & Research Outputs:

Job’s Body and the Dramatized Comedy of “Moralising”. “Studies in the Biblical World” Routledge: Oxford and New York, 2021. ISBN 0 978 0367462575. Gold Open Access:

Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges: An Anthropological Approach (Society for Old Testament Studies Series, inaugural volume marking the society’s centenary) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. ISBN 978 1 107 14524 5.

Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological Approach (Oxford Theological Monograph Series.) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN 978 0 19 964434 6.

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