• Ph.D., Drew University
  • S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary (NYC)
  • M.Div., Union Theological Seminary (NYC)
  • B.A., St. Olaf College

Research Interests

  • New Testament
  • Extracanonical Texts
  • Queer Biblical Interpretation
  • Womanist/Feminist Dialogical Interpretation
  • Trauma, Violence, and Peacemaking


  • Introduction to Theology
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible
  • New Testament


Karri L. Whipple, Ph.D., studies the New Testament and Early Christianity. Her current research focuses on the ways in which trauma and violence shaped New Testament texts and how these texts continue to both perpetuate and provide hope in the midst of contemporary violence. Whipple’s research on trauma is informed by her broader work in queer hermeneutics and womanist/feminist dialogical biblical interpretation.

Whipple teaches courses about the New Testament and the ways that these texts are interpreted, especially with regard to gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity. Her classes foster learning communities in which members can explore questions about identity, marginalization and justice within antiquity and today.

Whipple is committed to addressing the role of religion in responding to issues of gender-based violence, LGBTQIA+ rights and addressing white supremacism through her work with grassroots organizations and United Nations NGOs. 


“Building Expansive Learning Communities” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 37.2, 2021.

“White Folx at the Borders: Trauma-Informed Preparations for Intercultural Biblical Encounters” Bible and Critical Theory 30.1, 2021.

“The Challenges of Feminist-Womanist-Queer Relationality” with Angela N. Parker, lectio difficilior Journal for Feminist Exegesis, 2021.2, 2021.


“Queer Hermeneutics: Activism, Authority, and Resistance.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2021.

“Womanist-Feminist Pedagogical Strategies for Anti-Racist Classrooms.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2021.

“Engendering Collaborative Learning Communities,” An Extraordinary Year: Looking Back, Looking Forward, New York University, 2021.

“Diversifying Ancient Voices: The Gospel of Mary” Teaching Innovation Conference, New York University, 2020.

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