Elisabeth Greene

Visiting Researcher

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Dr. Elisabeth Mehl Greene is a visiting researcher at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She completed her doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation was an opera with a libretto based on Azar Nafisi's memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran. She also holds degrees from the Longy School of Music and George Fox University. Dr. Greene’s 2016 book, Lady Midrash: Poems Reclaiming the Voices of Biblical Women, was published by Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock. Drawing on the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions, she retells both familiar and unfamiliar stories of women through creative work grounded in academic literature and engagement with Hebrew, Arabic, and other regional languages.

Her recent writing on theology and women in Islam appears in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Christian Feminism Today, and the anthology District Lines IV. Current work includes further study of women from early Islam, creative inquiry addressing the implications of contemporary Islamophobia and sexism, and an article project using the Jewish and Islamic accounts of Queen Balqīs to extrapolate leadership lessons relevant for contemporary social, political, and economic challenges.

She has studied German, Italian, French, Arabic, and Hebrew.


Selected Publications


Elisabeth Mehl Greene. Lady Midrash: Poems Reclaiming the Voices of Biblical Women. Eugene: Resource Publications, 2016.

Other writing

Elisabeth Mehl Greene. "She Is." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 33, no. 2 (2017): 177-78.

Elisabeth Mehl Greene. “Review of Hagar Poems by Mohja Kahf.” Christian Feminism Today, August 2016.

Elisabeth Mehl Greene. "Running with Hajar." Mizna, 19, no. 1 (2018): 55.