Deborah Goodwin


Associate Professor 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-122Introduction to Christian Thought242012/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-114Introduction to Christian Thought72003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
REL-282Perspectives on Evil, Sin, and Suffering52015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2007/SP, and 2005/SP
REL-312Jewish-Christian Encounter52013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2005/FA
REL-399Senior Thesis52012/SP, 2010/FA, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, and 2004/SP
FTS-100First Term Seminar52011/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, and 2002/FA
REL-132Religion & Ecology42016/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
REL-222Catholic Lives42014/FA, 2010/FA, 2006/FA, and 2004/FA
REL-144ST:Religion & Ecology32014/SP and 2013/FA
CUR-140Biblical Tradition32012/FA and 2009/FA
REL-344Special Topic: Arts of the Bible32010/SP, 2003/FA, and 2001/FA
REL-206Religion on Film32007/JN, 2005/JN, and 2003/JN
REL-268Career Exploration32006/JN, 2005/JN, and 2004/JN
CUR-399Senior Seminar22013/SP and 2012/FA
REL-244Catholic Lives22002/FA and 2002/SP
REL-250Women and the Bible12003/SP
REL-142Religion in Middle Ages12002/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.