Dr. Susanne Scholz is Professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. As a diasporic German-American feminist post-Holocaust scholar, she researches, writes, and teaches in the area of sacred text studies, primarily in biblical studies.
Dr. Scholz holds a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Born and raised in Germany, she studied at the University of Mainz and the University of Heidelberg while preparing for the equivalent of the Master of Divinity. She also studied in a one-year study program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, prior to coming to the United States. During these years, she participated at an archaeological dig at Tell el-Oreme/Tel Kinrot on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, led by one of her professors in Mainz.
Dr. Scholz has taught at various departments of religious and theological undergraduate and graduate institutions, such as Fordham University, the College of Wooster, Merrimack College, the GTU, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has also lectured at various churches and religious organizations, whenever an opportunity presents itself. She likes to encourage her students and various audiences to take seriously the hermeneutical insight that readers, grounded in their social locations, create (biblical) meanings. She also enjoys explaining why it is ‘true’ that, contrary to popular opinion, sacred texts are inherently ambiguous, flexible, and elastic.