Samuel Ross

Profile

I joined the PhD program in the school of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at the University of Leeds in 2018. My doctoral project is fully funded by the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership.

I completed my MA and my MTh (both in Theology and Religious Studies) at the University of Glasgow. During my undergraduate degree, I developed a keen interest in the study of the Hebrew Bible. In particular, I became interested in the ways in which biblical texts construct gender and sexuality, the interaction between biblical texts and contemporary culture, and the ways in which marginalised groups, particularly LGBT people, can read biblical texts and reappropriate them in order to better understand their own experiences. These interests shaped my undergraduate dissertation, entitled 'He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet: Female Masculinity in Judges 4&5'. I developed these interests further in my MTh Thesis, 'Queer Themes in the Book of Jonah and its Contemporary Analogues', in which I made use of an interdisciplinary methodology to produce a queer reading of the Book of Jonah, focusing on experiences of shame, abuse, and loneliness. During my time at Glasgow I also studied Biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek, and Classical Latin.

While studying at the University of Glasgow I was jointly awarded the Hector & Jane MacClennan MacLeod Prize for most distinguished male graduate in Theology and Religious Studies. I was also awarded the Rev Robert Montgomery Hardie Prize and the Cleland & Rae Wilson Medal and Prize in Hebrew Bible in recognition of my honours dissertation.

Research interests

My research project focuses on the Book of Lamentations, and particularly my understanding of the book as a text of crisis. Drawing heavily on the work of Julia Kristeva, I attempt to understand the ways in which Lamentations grapples with the political and social crisis of the conquering of Jerusalem. In doing so I hope to gain insight into methods which may help us to navigate the multivalent crises of our contemporary moment.

Qualifications

  • MA Theology and Religious Studies

Research groups and institutes

  • Theology and Religious Studies