Yolanda M. Norton is a doctoral student in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University, and a M.Div. and M.T.S from Wesley Theological. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Yolanda served in various ministerial capacities, including Campus Minister and Children’s Pastor at churches in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Before entering into ministry, she worked in public policy, specifically focusing on children’s policy and creating more sustainable systems for families with low-incomes.
Yolanda’s research interests include womanist interpretation, narrative, and literary criticism. In particular, her work right now is focused on the books of Genesis and Ruth, and how each text treats foreign women. She is interested in the ways in which these insider-outsider paradigms influence constructions of identity such that they vilify and/or subjugate women of color who encounter the biblical canon in the modern world.