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Regional Scholars

Regional Scholar Awards

The Regional Scholars’ Program has been developed by the Society of Biblical Literature’s Council of Regional Coordinators to recognize promising younger scholars in the field of biblical studies. Its objective is to encourage their intellectual development through a mentoring program and to provide practical assistance in securing a place to present their work at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Information on the application process is available from the Regional Coordinator of each region.

Regional Scholar Award Program Policy

More information on opportunities to present at regional meetings and applying for a Regional Scholar Award is available on the webpages of individual regional meetings.

2021 Awards

Jeremiah Coogan (PhD Notre Dame, 2020) is a scholar of the New Testament and early Christianity whose research focuses on Gospel reading, material texts, and late antiquity. His first monograph, currently under contract with Oxford University Press, analyzes Eusebius of Caesarea’s fourth-century reconfiguration of the Gospels as a window into broader questions of technology and textuality in the ancient Mediterranean. In autumn 2020, Jeremiah will begin his next project, “Expanding the Gospel according to Matthew: Continuity and Change in Early Gospel Literature,” at the University of Oxford, funded by a two-year Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Research Council. He is also a 2019–2021 Junior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School (University of Virginia)

ThompsonRobin Thompson is an adjunct professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University. She is also a visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Angelo State University and a Th.M. and Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Robin’s research focuses on the history and culture of the first-century Mediterranean world, engaging the work of classical scholars in ancient history, and explores how this information might inform our understanding of New Testament texts. Her dissertation seeks to give voice to those who have rarely been heard: the freedpersons in the early Christian communities. 


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