Dr. Willie James Jennings

Willie Jennings’ book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race(link is external) (Yale 2010) won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflective category the year after it appeared and, in 2015, the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the largest prize for a theological work in North America. Englewood Review of Books called the work a “theological masterpiece.” His commentary on the Book of Acts, titled Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate (for the Belief Series, Westminster/John Knox) received the Reference Book of the Year Award from The Academy […]

Adrián Emmanuel Hernández-Acosta

Adrián Emmanuel Hernández-Acosta is a second-year postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Department of Hispanic Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) and Yale Divinity School (YDS).

As an interdisciplinary humanities scholar and affiliate of Brown’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Hernández-Acosta’s research and teaching illuminates the relationship between religion, art, and theory through the study of the extensive artistic catalogue of the Hispanophone Caribbean and its diasporas. His current book project, Mortuary Poetics: Mourning, Religion, and Art, argues that mourning is a critical and […]

Dr. Linn Tonstad

Professor Tonstad is a constructive theologian working at the intersection of systematic theology with feminist and queer theory. Her first book, God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude(link is external), was published by Routledge in 2016 and was named both as a best new book in ethics and a best new book in theology in Christian Century in the spring of 2017. Her second book, Queer Theology: Beyond Apologetics (link is external)was published by Cascade in 2018. She joined the Yale Divinity School faculty in 2012 after teaching at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist […]

Dr. Molly Zahn

Professor Zahn is a scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, and the Hebrew Bible. She joined YDS in 2022 after fourteen years in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on understanding how the scriptures of early Judaism, including but not limited to the texts that came to make up our Bibles, were composed and transmitted. This work contributes to new models of ancient Jewish textual culture, with attention to how texts were changed over time by successive groups of readers and how these different groups thought about divine revelation and […]

Dr. John Pittard

Professor Pittard specializes in epistemology and the philosophy of religion. A number of his publications focus on questions concerning the rational significance of disagreement with informed and intelligent interlocutors. His book, Disagreement, Deference, and Religious Commitment (Oxford University Press, 2019), assesses the challenge that religious disagreement poses to confident religious (or irreligious) commitment. Much of Prof. Pittard’s work in progress focuses on arguments that purport to show that some worldview or metaphysical outlook is rationally incompatible with epistemic self-trust.

Dr. Kyama Mugambi

Kyama Mugambi joins the YDS faculty as Assistant Professor of World Christianity with a focus on Africa. Prof. Mugambi comes to us from Africa International University, where he has been serving as a senior researcher and faculty member at the university’s Centre for World Christianity. He specializes in ecclesial, social, cultural, theological, and epistemological themes within African urban Christianity. His 2020 book, A Spirit of Revitalization: Urban Pentecostalism in Kenya, which traces the history of Pentecostalism in Kenya, has been hailed as a singular contribution to the fields of mission studies, world Christianity, and intercultural theology.

Dr. Gregory Mobley

Gregory Mobley is a Professor of Hebrew Bible and Congregational Studies at Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. Mobley came to Yale in 2017 after twenty years of teaching Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Andover Newton Theological School (1997-2017) and at Union Theological Seminary in New York (1996-97). He is the author of three books: The Return of the Chaos Monsters—and Other Backstories of the Bible (Eerdmans, 2012), Samson and the Liminal Hero in the Ancient Near East (T & T Clark, 2006), and The Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition in Ancient Israel (Doubleday, 2005). He co-authored with T. J. […]

Rev. Frederick J. Streets

Frederick “Jerry” Streets is the YDS Adjunct Associate Professor of Divinity and Social Work. A licensed clinical social worker, Professor Streets is the former Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University in New York City and former Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.

He also served on the Board of the Fund for Theological Education and the Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center. He was a 2009-10 Fellow of the Connecticut Health Foundation.

He served as the […]

Brandon Nappi

Brandon Nappi, D.Min. is the Executive Director of Leadership Programs at Berkeley Divinity School. With twenty years of retreat ministry, Brandon founded Copper Beech Institute, a worldwide spiritual community of 50,000 people from over 50 countries dedicated to sharing contemplative practice to heal our aching world. Brandon’s life has been deeply nourished by Christian mysticism, mindfulness, interreligious dialogue, and Zen practice. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale Divinity School, he holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Homiletics from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Brandon walks alongside seekers, divinity students, and healers as a spiritual director and […]

Jere Wells

Director of the Educational Leadership & Ministry Program at Yale Divinity School.