Rosanne Liebermann researches the portrayal of collective and social identities in the Hebrew Bible. She is primarily concerned with how these identities were created and maintained through the human bodies of participants and their material worlds.
Liebermann’s current project focuses on Judean collective identity as presented by the book of Ezekiel. She is writing a monograph about why ideologies such as this were effective due to their utilization of bodily and other material mnemonic devices. She is also interested in how social identities within a community affected prophetic concerns for social justice and is working on an article about the concept of mišpāṭ ûṣědāqâ (“justice and righteousness”) in the prophetic corpus.
After earning a BA in theology at the University of Oxford, Liebermann completed a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Philology at Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and held a fellowship at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. At WashU, she teaches classes on ancient Israelite prophecy and gender and sexuality in the Hebrew Bible.