Julia Fogg, Ph.D.


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Email: fogg@callutheran.edu


  • Women and the Bible

  • Saint Paul

  • Jesus' World

  • The Apocalypse: What the Bible really means?

The Rev. Dr. Julia Lambert Fogg is a full Professor in the Religion Department. She specializes in the New Testament, first century Christianity, theologies from the margins, border crossing narratives, and cross-cultural reading practices. Named Professor of the Year by CLU class of 2008, she led the Religion department for 7 years as Chair (2009-2016). She has also served in faculty governance as Faculty Assembly chair and as Chair of the inaugural CLU Faculty Senate (2020-21).

In her teaching Dr. Fogg follows culturally responsive pedagogies and attends to neurodiversity in student learning practices. She works to develop innovative, immersive, and relational pedagogical methods, and employs experiential learning to take students on community visits in courses like Pauline letters, Global Jesus, New Testament, and Liberation Theology. She believes that learning is most transformative when we step outside our comfort zones to engage people and communities who are different from us. 

Dr. Fogg's current research focuses on strategies for building communities across divisions and diversity (book project tentatively titled, Creating Bodies: St. Paul's Strategies for Saving Communities). Her first book, Finding Jesus at the Border: Opening Our Hearts to the Stories of Our Immigrant Neighbors focuses on biblical readings from the margins (Baker-Brazos Press. April 2020). Here she examines border crossing narratives in the gospels and shows how these narratives illumine and are illumined by the experiences of young Latino/a immigrants who crossed borders to arrive in Southern California.

In earlier work on Paul’s letters, especially Philippians, Dr. Fogg argues that Paul understands salvation in terms of a present and future, material and spiritual, social communion between Christ and his followers embodied in their concrete daily practices. This puts community life at the center of theology and engaged practices.

Dr. Fogg has taught for 8 years in the Lutheran Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program at CLU's seminary, PLTS in Berkeley. And she has written for Working Preacher.org in Spanish and Vocation Matters. She also completed a teaching project with Leadership Foundations, and serves on the board of nonprofit farm working for farmworker, land, and food justice, The Abundant Table in Ventura County.