Melisa Ortiz Berry, M.A., M.Div.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Theology
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Melisa Ortiz Berry, M.A., M.Div., is a historian of Christianity. Her areas of specialty range from Second Temple Judaism to religion in America. She has experience in Christian origins, which includes her work on the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls project and archaeological research in the early Church. Her present work focuses on Evangelical women in the 20th century. Bridging the gap between the present and the past, she works with the APU archeological program at Abel Beth Maacah in Israel on the Living Stones Oral History Project, which focuses on the last inhabitants of that site.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Knox Theological Seminary
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Theology

Courses Taught

  • THEO 352 — Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation
  • THEO 354 — Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present