Alumni (Fellow)

Ashleigh Elser

Marc and Nancy Shrier Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2016
Hometown: Folsom, California
B.A., Prairie Bible College (2008); M.A., Yale University (2011); Ph.D., Grad (2016)
Religious Studies

Ashleigh is in her fifth year as a PhD candidate in the Religious Studies department. She recently defended her dissertation proposal and is now working on the first chapters of a dissertation that addresses the relationships between historical and literary criticism of the Bible in light of the literary ‘problems’ or hermeneutic frictions illuminated by Higher Critical scholarship toward the end of the nineteenth century. Ashleigh also continues to serve as the graduate assistant to the Page Barbour and James W. Richard Lecture Committee at the University.

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