CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY
1984-1992 Ph.D. Religion (1992); M.A. Religion (1988)
Dissertation: "A Place at the Table: Jesus, Women and Meals in the Synoptic Gospels.”
Specializations include New Testament, Women in Early Christianity, Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism, Hellenistic Judaism.
FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
1982-1984 - Spent two years in the Pre-Ph.D. M.A. Program in Theology
Courses included Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, Hebrew, and Coptic.
1981 - B.A. Religious Studies and English Literature. Graduated with Honors. Program included 2 years of New Testament Greek.
MERCED HIGH SCHOOL
1977 - Graduated with Honors
1992-2022 - PROFESSOR EMERITA OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (2022); PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (2003-2022); ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (1998-2003); ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (1992-1998)
Taught courses in New Testament, Christianity, Women and Religion, Religion and Sexuality, Bible and Film, and Jesus and Pop Culture in the Religious Studies and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
1989-1992 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (1992); INSTRUCTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (1989-1992)
Taught all required Biblical Studies courses, both Hebrew Bible and New Testament, in the Religion Dept. of Sioux Falls College. Also taught upper division courses on the Gospels, Paul, Women in Christianity, and an Honors Course on the Bible and Current Events.
1988-1989 GREEK INSTRUCTOR
Taught Beginning Greek for 3 semesters in the Language Dept. of California State University, Fullerton.
Kathleen E. Corley is Professor Emerita of New Testament and Christianity at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
She holds both MA and PhD degrees from The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA, and received her BA in Religious Studies and English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara CA.
Her many books include Private Women, Public Meals: Social Conflict in the Synoptic Tradition, Women and the Historical Jesus: Feminist Myths of Christian Origins, Jesus and Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ: The Film, the Gospels and the Claims of History (with Robert L. Webb), and Maranatha: Women’s Funerary Rituals and Christian Origins.
As a volunteer for AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Fox Valley AIDS Project, she has served on APLA’s Spiritual Advisory Committee, which created interreligious pastoral manuals for those ministering to Persons with AIDS, as well as served in the “Buddy” Program and went through AIDS Hot Line training. As well as her presence at the death beds of Persons with AIDS, either home with hospice care or in nursing homes, she cared for her husband John at home with the help of hospice for six weeks from his diagnosis until his death from Pancreatic cancer in 2005. Her husband’s death inspired her to research the roles of women in funerary rites in antiquity, including Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian women, resulting in her fourth book on the role of women in Christian Origins.
Her academic and personal background combined to earn her contract with Harper Collins for a new book geared toward a general audience, How Women Invented Christianity, due out in early 2021. She also enjoys music, having been a member of the Oshkosh Chamber Singers for 10 years, as well as being an active member of the Neenah First Presbyterian Church.
On the university campus she works with students from many religious backgrounds, and serves on the LGBTQ Education and Resource Council and is a certified SAFE Trainer.
In 2018 she received the UW Oshkosh LGBTQ Ally Award.
She lives in Oshkosh with her new husband, David R. Schuhart, as she recently remarried in 2016.