Dora Rudo Mbuwayesango

Dean of Students, George E. and Iris Battle Professor of Old Testament and Languages


  • Hebrew Bible background
  • Torah/Pentateuch and Prophets
  • Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible
  • Post-colonial Interpretation
  • Womanist/Feminist Interpretation


  • Ph.D., Emory University, 1998
  • M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 1990
  • B.A. Gen., B.A. Hons., University of Zimbabwe, 1986, 1987

Dr. Mbuwayesango joined the faculty of Hood in 1995, and since 2011 holds the first professorial chair. She has served as Dean of Students since 2007. She co-founded the African Biblical Hermeneutics Section in the Society of Biblical Literature and has served on and chaired its steering committee. She is also a member of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars and has served on the steering committee. She is a member of and serves on the Steering Committee of the Chicago Consultation. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Old Testament Essays: An Old Testament Theological Journal Accredited by the Department of Education of South Africa.

She has published extensively in various academic journals and edited collections, most recently “Feminist Biblical Studies in Africa” in Feminist Bible Studies in the Twentieth Century: Scholarship and Movement (ed. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza; Society of Biblical Literature, 2014. In 2012, she co-edited with Andrew Mbuvi, Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Hermeneutics (Society of Biblical Literature).

Dr. Mbuwayesango is Anglican/Episcopalian and is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal where she has served on the vestry (2011-2013). She was appointed by the Head of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church to serve on the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns 2012- 2018. She has served on the Board of Rowan Helping Ministries and is currently serving on the Board of Rape, Child & Family Abuse Crisis Council of Salisbury – Rowan, Inc.