James M. Dawsey is the Wolfe Chair and a professor of Religious Studies at Emory & Henry College, Virginia.  He arrived in southwest Virginia from Auburn University in Alabama where he served as a chaired professor in the Religion Department.  Dawsey loves teaching.  His main scholarly interests are in the areas of New Testament studies, especially the Gospels; the formation of Christian societies; and Christian missionary activities in South America.  He enjoys writing fiction and believes that stories relay truths not easily encompassed by prose.  “We live our lives by stories,” Dawsey claims.  “It’s no secret why Jesus and other great religious leaders were storytellers.”  Dawsey is the author of several works of theology, history, and literature including Peter’s Last Sermon: Identity and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark (Mercer University Press);  The Lukan Voice: Confusion and Irony in the Gospel of Luke (Mercer University Press); From Wasteland to Promised Land: Liberation Theology for a Post-Marxist World (Shepheard-Walwyn and Orbis Books); The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil (The University of Alabama Press); A Scholar’s Guide to Academic Journals in Religion (ATLA Bibliographic Series, volume 23, Scarecrow Press), Masters and Savages (Mercer University Press); and more than seventy other monographs and articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  Dawsey holds a B.S. Degree from Florida Southern College and the M.Div. and Ph.D. `Degrees from Emory University.  He is an ordained minister in the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Dawsey has been married to Dixie Marie since 1971.

Upcoming Research:
  • Currently co-authoring (together with Emory & Henry Southern Historian, Dr. John H. Roper) a study on racism in Christianity.  A second novel is also underway.

Educational Background

  • B.S., Florida Southern College, 
  • M.Div., Emory University, 
  • Ph.D., Emory University