Dr. Yii-Jan Lin Named Assistant Professor of New Testament

May 21, 2014

PSR is pleased to announce that Dr. Yii-Jan Lin has been hired as Professor of New Testament.Ms. Lin received her BA from Pomona College, an MA in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and an MA in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She received her PhD at Yale University in New Testament & Religious Studies.

Lin’s research areas include gender studies, literary theory, and the application of minority hermeneutics to the “technical” fields of biblical studies (such as textual criticism and archaeology). She is especially interested in locating the enterprise of traditional textual criticism within discussions of origins, purity, lineage, family, and racial discourse.  Her dissertation, “The Erotic Life of Manuscripts: A History of New Testament Textual Criticism and the Biological Sciences,” traces the ways in which New Testament textual criticism has employed biological methods and metaphors from the eighteenth-century to the present day.

Professor Lin has received several grants and fellowships in the course of her studies, including the Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Fellowship (for study in Germany), and the 2009 Society of Biblical Literature New England Region’s Best Student Paper Award for her paper “Ethnic Minority Hermeneutics: Reaching beyond Textual Analysis”.  She has published several articles in a variety of journals and has a forthcoming article in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Professor Lin has served as a Ministry Leader and Preacher for Parkwood Community Church in Elmhurst, IL, and has been an intern at The Walter Hoving Home – a spiritually-based rehabilitation center for women – in Pasadena, CA.
When asked what she is most looking forward to as she joins our PSR community, Lin said, “I’m excited to be joining a diverse community committed to both academic excellence and social change. As a scholar, I am inspired by the juxtaposition of the unexpected as well the mix of faiths and backgrounds at PSR.  That PSR is located in the Zen and chaos of the Bay, my old home, also makes it a dynamic place for me to teach and to learn.”