Jerusha Matsen Neal

Assistant Professor of Homiletics
Office: 
059E Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90967
Durham, NC 27708-0967

jneal@div.duke.edu
(919) 660-3478
Degrees
  • B.A. (University of Chicago)
  • M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • Ph.D. (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Professor Neal’s scholarly work examines the action of the Spirit on the performative borders of body and culture. Her research interests focus on postcolonial preaching, preaching, and gender, and the implications of Mariology for a Spirit-dependent homiletic. Neal is an ordained American Baptist minister with broad ecumenical experience, most recently serving as a Global Ministries missionary to the Fiji Islands through the United Methodist Church. During her years in Fiji, she served as dean of studies at Davuilevu Theological College, the oldest theological seminary in that nation. Professor Neal’s teaching at Davuilevu integrated embodied exegetical approaches to biblical texts with an Oceanic emphasis on holistic education. Her reflections on biblical reception in the Fijian context are forthcoming in Bible in Folklore Worldwide (2017) and the International Journal of Homiletics. A former actress and playwright, she has authored a collection of dramatic monologues, Blessed: Monologues for Mary (2012).