Faculty Directory

Dr. Sherri Brown


(716) 286-8453
Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall


Sherri Brown joined the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies of Niagara University in the Fall of 2008 following a move from Washington, DC. Dr. Brown was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. After undergraduate and early graduate work, and following a stint in the United States Peace Corps and several years working in the international development field, Dr. Brown returned to graduate school in 2001 to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in biblical studies at the Catholic University of America. She was awarded the Johannes Quasten scholarship for doctoral studies in 2001-2004. Once a doctoral candidate, Dr. Brown was awarded the Hubbard dissertation fellowship for 2006-2007. She continues to teach in all areas of biblical scholarship at the university as well as in the church through the permanent deacon formation program of St. Meinrad School of Theology.

Recent Publications

  • "Faith, Christ, and Paul's Theology of Salvation History." Forthcoming Festschrift, 2011.
    Gift Upon Gift: Covenant through Word in the Gospel of John. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010.
  • "The Dialectic of Relationship: Paul and the Veiling of Women in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16." Salesianum 67 (2005) 457-477.

Recent Presentations

  • "Integrating the Museum Exhibition and the College Classroom: DaVinci, Warhol, the Last Supper, and Introduction to Christianity" at 5th International Conference on Society in the Arts, Sydney, Australia, July 2010.
  • "Justice and Mercy in the Bible" at Summer Theology on Tap Series for the Young Adult Ministries program of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, July 2008.
  • "John the Baptist: Witness and Embodiment of the Prologue in the Gospel of John" at Catholic Biblical Association Regional Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2008.
  • "Studying John’s Gospel through the Prism of Dialogue," in role as 2006-07 Lawrence E. Boadt Professor of Scripture Studies, Education for Parish Service, Washington, DC, April, 2007.

Focus of Teaching

Dr. Brown assists the department in teaching the 100-level introduction courses to Religion and Christianity, and her primary area of specialization is the teaching of the upper level courses in biblical studies.  She teaches the introduction courses in Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament, as well as the more specialized courses in the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John, the Letters of Paul, and Apocalyptic Literature.

Current Research

Dr. Brown plans to continue her research in the Gospel of John with the goal of producing a comprehensive textbook for an undergraduate course on the Gospel of John.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Catholic University of America, 2008
  • M.S. in International Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work, 1997
  • Master of Divinity, Yale University Divinity School, 1996
  • B.A. in Religious Studies, Washington and Lee University, 1991