Dr Carolyn Alsen

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, and Supervisor for Minor Theses and Higher Degrees by Research in the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages

BA (Linguistics and Music), GradDipAppLing, GradDipEd, MA (Biblical Studies), MLE (Linguistics and Exegesis), PhD (Hebrew Bible)


Dr Carolyn Alsen is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Divinity and is an accredited supervisor for Minor Theses and Higher Degrees by Research in the disciplines of Biblical Studies, Education Studies, Religious Education, and Biblical Languages. A linguist, educator and biblical scholar, her research and teaching interests include the Hebrew Bible, Evil Eye and surveillance in the Hebrew Bible, and biblical Semitic linguistics (Hebrew and Syriac).


  • BA – University of Queensland
  • GD (Linguistics) – SIL
  • Grad Dip Ed – University of Queensland
  • MLE (Linguistics and Exegesis) – Trinity Western University, Vancouver
  • MA (Biblical Studies) – Trinity Western University, Vancouver
  • PhD (Hebrew Bible) – University of Divinity

Recent Research Outputs

Peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters

(2021). “Seeing Biblical Worlds Through Surveillance,” In A Curious Machine: Wesleyan Reflections on the Posthuman Future. Edited by Glen O’Brien and Arseny Ermakov. (Wipf and Stock, forthcoming).

(2019). “Veiled Resistance: The Cognitive Dissonance of Vision in Genesis 38.” Pages 59-82 in Imagined Worlds and Constructed Differences in the Hebrew Bible. Edited by Jeremiah Cataldo (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark).

(2017). “Drones Over Sodom: Resisting the Fantasy of Security.” Pages 24-44 in Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts. Edited by Keith Dyer and Anne Elvey (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark).

(2016). “Staring Down the Violence: Surveillance in Genesis.” Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review. Vol. 48 No. 2 (2016): 161-177.

(2010). “Elements of Sentence Construction and Cohesion in Awad Bing.” pages 73-101 in Papers on Six Languages of Papua New Guinea. Edited by Joan Hooley (Canberra: ANU Pacific Linguistics Series).