Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


Sawyer, Deborah

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor



Deborah F. Sawyer lectures in theology at the John Felice Rome Center, University of Loyola Chicago, where she teaches Gender and Religion and Religious Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, following research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a fellowship at Oxford University’s Centre for Postgraduate Jewish studies, subsequently publishing a textual critical commentary on Midrash Aleph Beth. Appointed to a tenured lectureship in Religious Studies at Lancaster University UK she held posts of Reader, Head of Department and Dean of Postgraduate Studies in Social Sciences.

Her current research focusses on gender and religion, and publications include two monographs, Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries and God, Gender and the Bible. Among most recent publications is her contribution to The Bible and Feminism: Remapping the Field, (Oxford University Press, 2017). 

She finds Rome and the John Felice Centre an ideal context for teaching and research. Away from Rome she enjoys spending time with her family and animals in the Umbrian countryside.