Julia Fogg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion
The Rev. Dr. Julia Lambert Fogg is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and Chair of the Religion Department. In April, 2008 the senior class named her Professor of the Year. In her teaching and research, Dr. Fogg explores the ways in which culture and social practices shape community expressions of the gospel. Working with students, Dr. Fogg focuses on immersion pedagogical techniques. She utilizes service learning methods to teach both "theory" and "practice" in "Paul's letters," "Introduction to Islam," and "Liberation Theology." She also leads a two-week travel seminar to Turkey in May (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013). In her investigation of Paul’s letters, especially Philippians, she argues that as Paul reflects theologically on community practices, he describes salvation in terms of a present and future, material and spiritual, social communion between Christ and his followers. Although Dr. Fogg specializes in Pauline studies, her work on the social and political dynamics of communities has drawn her into LA life. On Sundays, she preaches and presides at Messiah-Messias Lutheran Church in Pasadena, a diverse, bi-lingual, immigrant congregation where she works with at-risk youth on leadership skills and educational aspirations. This summer, Dr. Fogg will be teaching biblical perspectives on immigration in the contemporary church at Holden Village, a Lutheran Retreat Center in Washington state. Dr. Fogg currently is pursuing her research in immigration, the Bible and the church, as well as her interest in Islam and helping Christian communities understand their Muslim neighbors.
Ph.D., Emory University, Graduate Division of Religion, May 2006 (Dissertation director: Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D. “Koinonia Is Soteria (Communion is Salvation): Paul’s Theological Reading of Practices in Philippians)
Th.M. (cum Laude), Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1997
M.Div. Yale Divinity School, 1996
B.A. (magna cum laude) Spanish Literature, Colgate University, 1992
Cultural & Literary Readings of the New Testament
Pauline Theology and Interpretation
Liberation Theologies in the Americas
The Social World of First Century Mediterranean Cultures
Immigration, Religious Practices and Community Identity
Moral Philosophies in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Phone: (805) 493-3039
Office: HUM 218