NCIS Welcomes Three New Members

David Rensberger (USA) is author of Johannine Faith and Liberating Community, on the Gospel of John, and two commentaries on the Epistles of John, as well as essays on various aspects of biblical literature. He completed an M.A. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin in 1975, and a Ph.D. in New Testament at Yale University in 1981. He taught New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta from 1980-2008, and continued to teach there, and at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, as adjunct until 2013. He writes about contemporary Christian spirituality for the journal Weavings.

A cultural and intellectual historian working in Taos, New Mexico, Lilian Calles Barger (USA) received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014 and is the author of two previous trade books on women and religion. She was recipient of the American Association of University Women dissertation award. Currently, she is completing her first historical monograph, The World Come of Age: Religion, Intellectuals and the Challenge of Human Liberation. Her research is on the relationship between religion and politics in the American hemisphere and the rise of liberation theologies in the late 1960s. Additionally, she is working on an essay for an anthology on radical religious feminists. She serves as the classics review editor for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History and a regular contributing podcast co-host to New Books in American Studies and New Books in Gender Studies.

Janet Smith (England) received a Ph.D. in 2014 in women's and gender history at the London Metropolitan University. Her thesis was entitled “The Feminism and Political Radicalism of Helen Taylor in Victorian Britain and Ireland.” She has presented papers at university conferences throughout Great Britain. Her paper on Taylor's anti-imperialist campaigning in Ireland will be published in March in the peer-reviewed journal 'Women's History.' Smith is contributing a chapter to a book on legal firsts for women and working on further articles for journal publication. She has experience as a teacher, a university administrator and in local government as an elected town councilor.

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