Senior Research Fellows


Professor Douglas Campbell’s main research interest is the life and theology of the apostle Paul, with particular reference to an understanding of salvation informed by apocalyptic as against justification or salvation-history. However, he is interested in methodological contributions to Paul’s analysis from any disciplinary angle, ancient or modern, whether Greco-Roman epistolary and rhetorical theory, or insights into human networking and conflict-resolution discovered by sociologists. His recent book-length publications include Paul: An Apostle’s Journey (Eerdmans, 2018), Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography (Eerdmans, 2014), The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (Eerdmans, 2009), and The Quest for Paul’s Gospel: A Suggested Strategy (T & T Clark, 2005). A book of essays has been published analyzing his critical approach to justification: Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul: Reflections on the Work of Douglas Campbell (ed. Chris Tilling, Wipf & Stock, 2014).

He is currently a Professor of New Testament at the Divinity School at Duke University (2003- ), having taught previously in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London (1996-2003); and in the Department of Religious Studies at his alma mater, the University of Otago (1989-2003). He received a BA (Hons) in Political Philosophy from the University of Otago, and an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto.
Professor Campbell’s teaching interests centre on the apostle Paul, and on others aspects of the New Testament, but include an ongoing concern to research alternatives to the current prison system, and to foster practical concrete engagements with people currently caught within that system.