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Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biblical Studies
Program Director, Religious Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000 Ext. 5629
Fax: (626) 815-5469
Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D. is chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and professor of biblical studies. Her published works deal with issues of the social world of the Gospels, gender, and Bible and culture. She is working on a book about the social development of the early community of the Gospel of Matthew. She teaches New Testament courses on the Gospels, early Judaism and Christianity, global biblical interpretation, and women in the biblical tradition. She serves on the Faith Integration Council. Kay is committed to mentoring young women who have experienced a vocational call in the fields of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, or practical ministry. She also works with minority students to encourage them in recognizing the power of the Bible for their own traditions. Her off-campus involvements include meetings with Jewish and Christian clergy and scholars to promote understanding and theological enrichment.


Ph.D., Early Judaism and New Testament, Claremont Graduate University
M.A., Religion, Claremont Graduate University
B.A., Jewish Studies, University of Washington


  • Honors College
  • School of Theology
    • Department of Biblical Studies


  • Biblical Studies
  • Early Judaism
  • Global Biblical Interpretation
  • Hermeneutics
  • Jewish-Christian Relations
  • New Testament

Courses Taught

UBBL 230 – Luke/Acts
UBBL 330 – Life and Teachings of Jesus
UBBL 340 – Romans and Galatians
UBBL 350 – Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible
UBBL 462 – Global Biblical Interpretation
UBBL 476 – Women in the Biblical Tradition

Office Hours

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Office Location

John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, Room 261, West Campus

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