Sandie Gravett


Dr. Gravett works on issues related to biblical interpretation, the teaching of religious studies, and the practice of the profession. She was the author and principal investigator of a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation (received January 2020) for a collaborative project entitled: Building A "Public-Focused" Future for Undergraduate Religious Studies Programs.

Other highlights of her scholarship include, but are not limited to:



  • Gravett, Sandie. Teaching Religion in a Changing Public University.  ATLA Press: 2019.
  • Gravett, Sandra L. From Twilight to Breaking Dawn: Religious Themes in the Twilight Saga. Chalice Press: 2010.
  • Gravett, Sandra L., Karla G. Bohmbach, F. Volker Greifenhagen and Donald C. Polaski, An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach. Westminster/John Knox Press: 2008.
Articles & Chapters
  • Anderson, Stella, Sandie Gravett, and Martha McCaughey. 2023. "'I Prep Longer, Worry More, and Don't Talk About Potentially Controversial Topics in my Field': The Impact of Student Complaints on Faculty Work." Academic Labor: Research and Artistry, 7: 1-26.
  • Gravett, Sandie, and Stella Anderson. 2020. “Enacting Organizational Justice and Institutional Learning in Faculty Dispute Resolution Processes: Lessons Learned from a Study of the UNC System.” Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 37(4), 167-195.
  • Gravett, Sandie, “The Christian Imaginary of Sons of Anarchy.” The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 29:3, Fall 2017, DOI: 10.3138/jrpc.29.3.3999.
  • Gravett, Sandie, “What Lies Beyond? Biblical Images of Life After Death in Film” in The Handbook of Biblical Reception, Volume 1. The Bible in Motion: Biblical Reception in Film, ed. by Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch (Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, 2015), 391-404.
  • Gravett, Sandie, “The Place of Biblical Studies in the University Curriculum: Beyond the Religious/Secular Divide,” for Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Essays in Honor of Carol L. Meyers, edited by Susan Ackerman, Charles E. Carter, and Beth Alpert Nakhai (Eisenbrauns, Inc., Winona Lake, WI, 2015), 211-231.
  • Gravett, Sandie,” Metaphors for Women and God That Hurt and Liberate: Feminist Approaches to the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.” In Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect, Volume 1. Biblical Books, Edited by Susanne Scholz (Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield, UK, 2013) 151-169.
  • Adam, A.K.M.; Ascough, Richard; Gravett, Sandra; Hunt, Alice; Martin, Dale; Wimberly, Edward; Yang, Seung Ai. “Should We Be Teaching Historical Critical Method?" Teaching Theology and Religion, 12, no. 2 (2009): 162-187. (Edited transcript)
  • Gravett, Sandie, “David’s Rise to Power,” “Genesis 22,” and “Paul and The Amazing Race.” In Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. SBL Press (Resources for Biblical Studies Series), 2005, pp. 97-98, 150-152, 333-334.
  • Gravett, Sandie, “Reading Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Consideration of Language.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 28:3 (March 2004): 279-299.
  • Gravett, Sandie, “Teaching Religion in Its Contemporary Contexts: A Case Study.” Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 6: Number 4 (October 2003): 198-201.
  • Gravett, Sandie, “Marla, Freud, Religion and Manhood: An Interpretation of David Fincher’s Fight Club.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture Volume II (Fall 2002), ,13pp.
Book Reviews
Title: Professor of Religious Studies
Department: Philosophy and Religion

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-3089

Office address
I. G. Greer Hall 114