David B. Gowler

GowlerThe Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Professor of Religion
Director, The Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement, Oxford College of Emory University
(770) 784-8413
dgowler@emory.edu

David Gowler earned his Ph.D. in 1989. He taught at Berry College and then became Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Religion at Chowan University.~Since joining the faculty at Oxford College in the Fall of 2000 as The Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Professor of Religion,~Dr. Gowler has received numerous teaching awards, as well as grants for teaching and research.  As the founding director of the Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement, he created and manages the Pierce Institute which now houses twenty-five various programs that focus on ethical leadership and/or engagement with the community.  

Dr. Gowler is the author of Host, Guest, Enemy, and Friend: Portraits of the Pharisees in Luke and Acts; What Are They Saying about the Parables?; and What Are They Saying About the Historical Jesus? His current project is James Through the Centuries (forthcoming Blackwell Press). He has published dozens of articles, book chapters, and book reviews, is the editor of several other books, and has served as Associate Editor of Emory Studies in Early Christianity since 1991. His research interests include the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, the parables, the historical Jesus, the merger of literary and social-scientific approaches to the New Testament, and the literary theory of the philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin.