Joy Schroeder | Capital University


  • Joy Schroeder, Ph.D.

    Professor of Religion


    Religion and Philosophy
    Renner Hall
    Room 343

    (614) 236-6437

    • Biography

      Holder of the Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion, which carries a joint appoint at Capital and Trinity Seminary, Dr. Joy Schroeder is a prolific scholar and lecturer working in areas of feminism in medieval thought and Old Testament studies. 

      She is a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor who regularly speaks in congregations and clergy continuing education events throughout the country. Her areas of research include the history of biblical interpretation and the history of women in the church. She is the author of Deborah’s Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation (Fortress, 2007). 

      Professor Schroeder was named the inaugural recipient of Capital University’s Faculty Scholar Award, which represents the third pillar of recognition that a faculty member has reached an advanced level of achievement and contribution to the University.

      Her 2007 book, Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation, has been described by reviewers as “filling a unique role in the scholarship of biblical interpretation.” “Schroeder’s volume,” the reviewer writes, “stands alone in its consistent hermeneutical perspective rooted in women’s experience.” 

      Professor Schroeder has amassed a collection of scholarly articles, critical book reviews, and denominational publications that translate and interpret church history – and particularly the history of women – into important insights that inform both historical and contemporary understanding. Above all, Professor Schroeder challenges her students by setting the same high expectations in the classroom that she has realized with her own scholarship.

    • Teaches

      Religious Foundations and the Bible (General Education core class)
      Reformation & Enlightenment Church History
      Women Mystics
      Ministry in Congregations
      Christian Worship

    • Degrees

      Ph.D. in Theology (History of Christianity) from the University of Notre Dame
      Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary