Lecturer, Santa Clara University, California

Donna K. Wallace began the academic study of religion after an extensive career in music education and church music. She has held teaching positions in classroom music, choir, and social studies in both public and private schools in Texas, Michigan, and California. In addition, she has served in Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian congregations as organist, leader of choirs and handbells, and director of children and youth music.

Her interest in religion led her to Eden Theological Seminary from where she graduated in 1991. Afterward, she continued her academic work in the Women's Studies in Religion program at Claremont Graduate University and eventually received a Ph.D. in History of Christianity from that institution. Dr. Wallace's scholarly work utilizes a socio-historical approach to analyze gender issues in the Greco-Roman world. Her dissertation, Androgyny as Salvation in Early Christianity, suggests that androgyny was utilized as a metaphor for salvation by some early Christian communities and traces this idea through the Greek classics, Hellenistic Judaism, Gnosticism, Thomas Christianity, the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, and certain Pauline literature. Wallace has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor in the Bay area and is presently writing a book.

Academic Credentials

  • B.M., Union University
  • M.M., Western Michigan University
  • M.T.S., Eden Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Santa Clara University, 2001 –
  • Adjunct Professor, American Baptist Seminary of the West, spring 2002

Professional Service

  • Fellow, The Jesus Seminar
  • Member, The American Academy of Religion
  • Member, The Society of Biblical Literature