Smith, Mitzi J.

Dr. Mitzi J. Smith

Dr. Mitzi J. Smith

J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament

Phone: 404-687-4563


Office: CH309 / Box 26F

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Dr. Smith is interested in close critical readings of sacred texts that attend to justice issues, the perspective and presence of the marginalized and silenced ‘other,’ and the intersection of race, gender, class, sexuality, and religion. She is an expert in womanist and African American biblical interpretation. Smith views her research and teaching as a means of conscientization and social justice activism. Her other foci are ancient and modern slavery and language studies. Smith’s most recent books are Toward Decentering the New Testament: A Reintroduction (Cascade 2018) co-authored with Yung Suk Kim and Womanist Sass and Talk Back: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation (Cascade 2018). She is currently writing a womanist reading of the parables of Jesus (Lexington Books).



  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MDiv, Howard University School of Divinity
  • MA, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Columbia Union College


African Methodist Episcopal


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