Cheryl B. Anderson is a professor of the Old Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. She joined the faculty there after completing her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University in 2000. Earlier in her career, Prof. Anderson was a practicing attorney with the federal government in Washington, D.C. Prof. Anderson is also an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.
Her research interests focus on women and biblical laws as well as liberationist readings of biblical texts. Her first book, Women, Ideology, and Violence was published by Continuum Press in 2004. Her second book, Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation, was published by Oxford University Press in the fall of 2009. She has also published numerous articles, in addition to lecturing extensively in the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa.
During the last few years, she has studied the Church’s response to the AIDS pandemic in the African American community and in South Africa, the country with the highest number of persons in the world who are living with AIDS. She has received two major grants for her work—one was from the Louisville Institute and the other one was a Fulbright award. Prof. Anderson is committed to using her academic background to help African and African American communities face this pandemic.
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