Demetrius Williams

  • Associate Professor, Global Studies (Comparative Literature program)


  • ThD, New Testament and Christian Origins, Harvard Divinity School, 1997 Major: 
  • MDiv, Pastoral Care and Counseling; Scripture and Interpretation, Harvard Divinity School, 1990
  • MTS., Scripture and Interpretation, Harvard Divinity School, 1988 
  • BA, Comparative Religion, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 1986 

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Literature of Early Christianity
  • Paul the Apostle
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Literature of Second Temple Judaism
  • Gnosticism
  • The Bible in the African American Experience
  • The Bible and Literary Analysis
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Introduction to Religious Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Religious Controversy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Narrative Analysis
  • World Scriptures
  • Literary Theory and Religious Literature

Research Interests

  • Pauline Rhetoric and Rhetorical Analysis
  • Empire Studies and Biblical Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Biblical Studies
  • African American Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Post-Modern, Post-Colonial and Ideological Studies

Selected Publications

(2012) Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race and Slavery in Philemon.Noel, J. A., Johnson, M. V., & Williams, D. K.(Eds). Minneapolis: Fortress Books.
Williams, D. K.(2012) African American Approaches: Re-humanizing the Reader against Racism and Reading Through Experience.Marchal , J. A.(Ed). Studying Paul's Letters: Contemporary Perspectives and Methods, 155-73. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
Williams, D. K.(2012) "'No Longer as a Slave: 'Reading' the Interpretation History of Philemon".Johnson, M. V., Noel, J. A., & Williams, D. K.(Eds). Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race and Slavery in Philemon, 11-45. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
Williams, D. K.(2009) ’Upon All Flesh’: Acts 2 and Intersectional Realities.Bailey, R. C., Benny Liew, . , & Segovia, . F.(Eds). They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism, Semeia Studies No. 57, 289-310. Society of Biblical Literature.
Williams, D. K.(2007) Acts of the Apostles.Blount, B. K., Felder, C. H., Martin, C. J., & Powery, E. B.(Eds). True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, 213-48. Fortress Press.
Williams, D. K.(2002) “Enemies of the Cross of Christ”: The Terminology of the Cross and Conflict in Philippians.Sheffield Academic Press.