Laura Carlson Hasler earned her Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School in 2001 and 2012, respectively. Upon completion, she continued her education at Yale Divinity School where she earned her Ph.D. in religious studies and the Hebrew Bible in 2018. She joined the Indiana University (IU) faculty as an assistant professor of religious studies and Jewish studies and the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Hebrew Bible in 2019.
Prior to joining the IU faculty, Hasler served as a visiting assistant professor of religion at Bates College. Her research focuses on the relationship among texts, spaces, and embodiment in Jewish antiquity. At IU, she teaches courses related to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, gender and power in the Hebrew Bible, and the Bible and American identity. In 2020, she published a book titled “Archival Historiography in Jewish Antiquity”, which argues that the form of Second Temple Jewish texts, like Ezra-Nehemiah and the Greek editions of Esther, are read best as archives.
Throughout her professional career, Hasler has been recognized with a variety of awards and honors. She received the Wabash Center Teaching Grant in 2022, a Trustee’s Teaching Award from IU in 2022, a Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise in 2021, and more.