Deborah GoodwinEmeriti

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Professor Emeritus in Religion and Environmental Studies

Professor Goodwin teaches in the area of History of Christianity, including introductory courses, and courses in Catholicism, Jewish-Christian relations, theological approaches to the problem of evil, and Women’s Studies. Her teaching and research interests include the early and medieval Latin West, especially the history of interpretation and the social history of the Christian tradition.

Goodwin was a finalist for the Swenson-Bunn Teaching Award, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2001–2002 and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching while a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Notre Dame.

Her publications include “Nothing in Our Histories: Postcolonial Criticism and the Twelfth-Century Jewish-Christian Encounter,” Medieval Encounters 15 (2009): 35-65; “ ‘And Rebekah Loved Jacob,’ But Why? Responses from Two Twelfth-Century Exegetes,” in Transforming Relations Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer, ed. Franklin Harkins, University of Notre Dame Press (May 2010); “The Biblical-Moral Moses: Type or Stereotype?” in Illuminating Moses: A History of Reception, 2nd-15th Centuries, ed. Jane Beal, Brill (2010); “The Reception of Augustine’s Teachings on Jews and Judaism,” Oxford History of the Reception of Augustine, ed. Karla Pollmann and Willemien Otten, Oxford (2010);Take Hold of the Robe of a Jew: Herbert of Bosham’s Christian Hebraism, “Herbert of Bosham and the Horizons of Twelfth-Century Exegesis,” Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Thought, History, and Religion, December 2003.

She has also made invited presentations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland; Western Michigan University; the International Congress on Medieval Studies; the University of Chicago Divinity School and the University of Leeds. At Gustavus since 2001.


B.A., Smith College, 1978; M.T.S., Weston Jesuit Theological School, 1996; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1997, 2001

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-122 Introduction to Christian Thought 24 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
REL-114 Introduction to Christian Thought 7 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
REL-282 Perspectives on Evil, Sin, and Suffering 6 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2007/SP, and 2005/SP
REL-132 Religion & Ecology 5 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
REL-312 Jewish-Christian Encounter 5 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2005/FA
REL-399 Senior Thesis 5 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, and 2004/SP
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 5 2011/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, and 2002/FA
REL-222 Catholic Lives 4 2014/FA, 2010/FA, 2006/FA, and 2004/FA
REL-144 ST:Religion & Ecology 3 2014/SP and 2013/FA
CUR-140 Biblical Tradition 3 2012/FA and 2009/FA
REL-344 Special Topic: Arts of the Bible 3 2010/SP, 2003/FA, and 2001/FA
REL-206 Religion on Film 3 2007/JN, 2005/JN, and 2003/JN
REL-268 Career Exploration 3 2006/JN, 2005/JN, and 2004/JN
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 2 2013/SP and 2012/FA
REL-244 Catholic Lives 2 2002/FA and 2002/SP
REL-250 Women and the Bible 1 2003/SP
REL-142 Religion in Middle Ages 1 2002/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.