Jin Young Choi

Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Origins

Dr. Jin Young Choi is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins. As a Lilly Fellow in the Theology and Practice Program at Vanderbilt University, she earned her Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity. An interdisciplinary scholar with a practical focus, Choi was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Louisville Institute as part of the Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative.

Choi is the author of the book, Postcolonial Discipleship of Embodiment: An Asian and Asian American Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has published a number of articles for edited volumes. By weaving biblical narrative together with diverse interpretative threads, her work illumines the interplay of the Bible, gender, culture, and politics. Her current research interests include theoretical and historiographic examinations of knowledge of the Roman Empire in New Testament studies and the implications of such knowledge construction in the context of the present empires. 

Attuned not only to the local church, but also to the life of Christianity internationally, Choi has authored Bible study books and lectionary resources for the church and has given lectures and presentations to diverse audience—most recently at the Chautauqua Institution (2015) and for the Council for World Mission (2017). Her scholarship is also dedicated to the wider academic society in the U.S. and internationally. She serves as co-chair on the steering committee of the Minority Criticism and Biblical Interpretation program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature, and as a committee member of both Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics and Synoptic Gospel sections.