We are delighted to have an ever-growing international group of research associates, who are all conducting work in areas relevant to the work of the CSBV. One of our core principles is generous collaboration, and all of our associates are operating in this way: contributing to the work of the Centre through (among other things) editing books, reviewing papers, and co-authoring research output.

Kristin Caynor
Kristin is a PhD student at Trinity College Bristol/University of Aberdeen, and a global theological educator working with national and indigenous organisations and seminaries around the world through Live Global. Her dissertation explores how hermeneutical practices themselves can foster relationships with others of difference, awareness of cultural diversity, reconciliation, and the inclusion of diverse cultural resources which may not yet have been considered in mainstream discourse. She is also a researcher for The Ephesians 2 Gospel Project, a global conversation around Eph. 2:11–22 exploring issues of collective identity conflict and shame-fuelled violence from social scientific, theological, historical, cultural, and biblical perspectives. 

Dr Ashley Hibbard
Ashley is currently adjunct faculty at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She has a BRE from Great Lakes Bible College (2010), an MDiv from Heritage Theological Seminary (2014), and a PhD in Theology from Trinity College/University of Aberdeen (2020). Her PhD dissertation was entitled, “Deep Calls to Deep: an investigation into a chain of intertextualities between some Genesis narratives and Deuteronomic laws.” Ashley is the lead editor of the Journal for the Study of Bible and Violence.

Dr Valerie Hobbs
Valerie is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. Her book, An Introduction to Religious Language, was published by Bloomsbury in 2021.
Valerie has also recently been a guest on our podcast series Guns and God.

Brandon Hurlbert
Brandon is currently working on his PhD in Theology and Religion at Durham University. His area of focus is in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and his dissertation explores the Christian reception of the book of Judges and how Judges can continue to function as Christian scripture in the present. His other research interests include violence and the Bible, intertextual readings between the Bible and Film, and the Bible in Pop-Culture. Brandon has presented at two of the CSBV academic conferences, and won the first student prize, in 2019.

Revd Peter King
Peter King trained at Bristol Baptist College and was ordained in 1988, serving for eight years at Eynsham Baptist Church, Oxfordshire. He now works for the Anglican Diocese of Chichester in adult theological education.  Peter’s work for the CSBV includes producing Bible study resources such as these, and running our preacher’s blog: Sunday Sermon Monday Mourning.

Dr Trevor Laurence
Trevor obtained his PhD from the University of Exeter in 2020. His dissertation title was “Cursing with God: The Imprecatory Psalms and the Ethics of Christian Prayer.”
He is Executive Director of the Cateclesia Institute. Trevor is co-editor with Helen of a forthcoming publication, Hermeneutics of Biblical Violence (Sheffield Phoenix). Trevor and Helen also co-moderate the IBR’s research group on Biblical Violence. Trevor lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dr Maria Power
Maria is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford where she is the director of the Human Dignity project at the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice. Her research aims to use the teachings of the bible to overcome structural and cultural violence in Britain and Ireland. Maria’s latest book, Catholic Social Teaching and Theologies of Peace in Northern Ireland: Cardinal Cahal Daly and the Pursuit of the Peaceable Kingdom was published by Routledge in 2020. Maria is working with us in a number of ways, including co-editing a book with Helen, entitled Violence and Peace in Sacred Texts (forthcoming, Palgrave). She is also a host of our podcast Guns and God.

Dr Michael Spalione
Michael obtained his PhD from Trinity College/ University of Aberdeen in 2020. His dissertation title was “Church, Kingdom, and Political Theology: A Constructive Hermeneutical Proposal in Dialogue with Stanley Hauerwas and Oliver O’Donovan.” Michael is co-editor with Helen on the conference proceedings, the first of which was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in 2019. He is also a host of our podcast Guns and God. Michael lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Charlotte Thomas
Having earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in theology at Cardiff University, Charlotte is a PhD candidate at Exeter University, researching the use of combative biblical imagery in global Neo-Muscular Christian men’s groups. Her research interests also include biblical violence, feminist hermeneutics, the theology of veganism, Ecotheology, and the intersection of masculinity, theology and nationalism. Lottie has presented all all three academic conferences of the CSBV, and won the student prize in 2021.

Ceri Webb
Ceri is a Church of England ordinand studying at Trinity College Bristol, where she has just completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission. She has an MA in Integrative Theology with Social Justice from the London School of Theology. She is about to start a research degree looking at how the story of King David is retold (and manipulated) in evangelical romance novels. Her research interests include feminist, liberation and trauma theologies.