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Dr. Diane Lipsett

Associate Professor of Religion, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Diane Lipsett joined the faculty at Salem in 2013, having taught for 14 years at other colleges and universities. She currently chairs the department of religion and philosophy and teaches courses on the New Testament and early Christianity, the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, women and gender in ancient religions, and feminist studies in religion. She also enjoys teaching in the Salem Impact program, especially the first-year seminar for both traditional and Fleer students.

In addition to scholarly essays and articles, Dr. Lipsett is the author of Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth  (Oxford University Press 2011) and co-editor with Phyllis Trible of Faith and Feminism: Ecumenical Essays (Westminster John Knox Press 2014).

Born in Canada, Dr. Lipsett also spent parts of her youth in Australia, Texas, and Alaska, but has called Virginia and North Carolina home for more than two decades. She is married to Richard Vinson, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Salem (he also has several other titles). Together they have five sons, three daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, two cats and a dog.

  • BA, MA, English, University of Alberta, Canada
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests:

Literary interpretation of the New Testament, Apostolic Fathers, Apocryphal Acts and other early Christian texts, with particular interests in gender, migration, and conversion.

Personal Interests:
Travel, Cooking, Reading, Writing