Susan Ackerman

Academic Appointments

Preston H. Kelsey Professorship in Religion
Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Susan Ackerman joined the Religion Department in 1990 after teaching at the University of Arizona and at Winthrop College in South Carolina. She is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan), an interest she first developed as an undergraduate religion major at Dartmouth (A.B., 1980) and continued to explore in graduate school at Harvard (M.T.S., 1982; Ph.D., 1987).

[show more]

Her publications include several articles and three books, Under Every Green Tree: Popular Religion in Sixth-Century Judah (Scholars Press, 1992); Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen: Women in Judges and Biblical Israel (Doubleday, 1998); and When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David (Columbia University Press, 2005).  She has recently completed two new books, Women and the Religion of Ancient Israel, to be published in February 2022 by Yale University Press, and Gods, Goddesses, and the Women Who Serve Them, to be published in November 2022 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing.  

Professor Ackerman is also a member of the faculty of the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth.

[show less]
6-2160
315 Thornton Hall
HB 6036
Department(s): 
Religion
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Education: 
A.B. Dartmouth College, 1980
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, 1982
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1987

Selected Publications

When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David (2005).

Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen: Women in Judges and Biblical Israel (1998).

Under Every Green Tree: Popular Religion in Sixth-Century Judah (1992).