Prof Musa W. Dube Biography

Prof Musa W. Dube, a Humboldtian awardee (2011); a recipient of the Gutenberg Teaching Award 2017 from Gutenberg University, Germany, and a biblical scholar based at the University of Botswana, is the current overall coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She studied the New Testament in the University of Durham (UK) and the University of Vanderbilt (USA), graduating in 1990 and 1997 respectively. Dube has also been a visiting scholar in Union Theological Seminary, USA (2010) and the University of Bamberg (2011); Exeter University (2016) and Professor Extraordinaire at the Stellenbosch University and University of South Africa. Prof Dube has served in several institutions, including World Council of Churches (Geneva) and Scripps College (California). Her research interests include: gender, postcolonial, translation and HIV/AIDS studies.

In postcolonial studies she has consistently investigated the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity and colonial ideology and its impact on the production and use of biblical text in history. Yet, working in the context global HIV/AIDS epidemic, which claimed millions of lives within its first three decades, greatly impacted Dube’s scholarship. She began to explore ways of reading the Bible in the texts for an effective response within their contexts and to mainstream gender, as well as challenge theological institutions to review their curriculum in the light of HIV and AIDS.

Dube is a prolific writer and internationally-sought speaker, who has given talks in over twenty-eight countries and authored academic works, published in journals, books, anthologies, encyclopedias, magazines and newspapers. She is the author of Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible (Chalice Press, 2000) and The HIV and AIDS Bible: Some Selected Essays (Scranton Press, 2008). Prof Dube has received up to 24 recognitions consisting of awards, research grants, honours, scholarship and institutional affiliations. Prof Dube is an active member of the United Methodist Church and the Society of Biblical Literature. She was elected the Coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians in July 2019.