Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
Program Director, Religious Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5629
Fax: (626) 815-5469
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Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D., is director of the religious studies program and professor of biblical studies. Her published works deal with issues of the social world of the Gospels, gender, and Bible and culture, and she is working on a book about the social development of the early community of the Gospel of Matthew. She teaches New Testament courses on the Gospels, early Judaism and Christianity, global biblical interpretation, and women in the biblical tradition. She serves on the Faith Integration Council, and is committed to mentoring young women who have experienced a vocational call in the fields of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, or practical ministry. She also works with minority students to encourage them in recognizing the power of the Bible for their own traditions. Her off-campus involvements include meetings with Jewish and Christian clergy and scholars to promote understanding and theological enrichment.


  • Ph.D., Early Judaism and New Testament, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Religion, Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A., Jewish Studies, University of Washington

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Biblical and Religious Studies


  • Biblical Studies
  • Early Judaism
  • Global Biblical Interpretation
  • Hermeneutics
  • Jewish-Christian Relations
  • New Testament

Courses Taught

  • UBBL 230 – Luke/Acts
  • UBBL 330 – Life and Teachings of Jesus
  • UBBL 340 – Romans and Galatians
  • UBBL 350 – Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible
  • UBBL 462 – Global Biblical Interpretation
  • UBBL 476 – Women in the Biblical Tradition

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