bio

Jeremy L. Williams’ research interests in New Testament and Early Christianity converge at the nexus of biblical studies, race, historiography, Roman criminal law, and incarceration. His research involves studying trial scenes in the Acts of the Apostles and the function of criminal law in the Roman Empire. He also interrogates how both ancient and modern historians craft narratives to racialize, criminalize, and victimize individuals and groups of people. Conscious of the role that the Bible plays in public policy, he is interested in developing strategies for reading biblical texts in ways that expose the logics that fuel mass incarceration, over-policing, and discriminatory practices in Western judicial systems. Jeremy graduated with Highest Honors in Religious Studies and Economics from Vanderbilt University. He earned the M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School where he received the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize, which is the highest award presented to graduates.  He is an ordained elder in full connection in the New York-Washington Region of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.