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Crystal L. Hall

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


Dr. Crystal L. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. Broadly Dr. Hall’s research and teaching address the call to justice with the human Other alongside the call to justice with Earth as Other. Her research interests include the Pauline corpus, poverty and wealth in the Roman economy, and ecological and liberationist hermeneutics. Her methodological commitments include empire criticism, reading the biblical text within its historical contexts of empire, as well as feminist theory. She works to epistemologically privilege voices that have historically been excluded from the classroom and the church.

Through the Contextual Bible Study methodology Dr. Hall works to read the Bible prophetically with communities struggling against the structures that keep them marginalized. In connection with this community-based work Dr. Hall has also served as an assistant researcher with the Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa under the mentorship of Gerald West.

In addition to her work as an academic, Dr. Hall is a trained organizer and political educator. She has worked with organizations that draw on long lineages grounded in human rights, environmental justice and the leadership of the directly impacted. She has worked on staff with organizations including the Poverty Initiative (now the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice), United Workers and the Sierra Club.

Dr. Hall is a proud partner of Luis Larín. They reside in Baltimore. Dr. Hall enjoys salsa dancing, gardening and home improvement projects.


BM, Boston University College of Fine Arts

MDiv, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

PhD, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York


Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor (Forthcoming, Fortress Insight Series)

From Cosmos to New Creation: A Call to Justice with Earth in Galatians (Forthcoming, Rowman and Littlefield)

Mailing Address

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119