Mary-Joan Leith


Mary Joan Leith has been teaching at Stonehill College since 1993. As a graduate student at Harvard University she participated in archaeological excavations in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Jordan.

At Stonehill she teaches courses on the Bible and the religion, history and culture of the Ancient Near East and Greece. In addition, she offers a popular course on the Virgin Mary.

Prof. Leith has taught a number of Learning Communities with Prof. Allyson Sheckler of the Fine Arts department, including the Travel LC, “Pagans and Christians,” which visits sites in Italy such as Pompeii, the Roman Catacombs, and other places relating to early Christianity, Judaism, pagan Roman religion. She also teaches Biblical Hebrew.


  • B.A., Harvard/Radcliffe College
  • M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Sacred Space from Mt. Sinai to Ground Zero (Freshman Seminar)
  • God Doesn't Do Religion
  • Gods, Kings & Justice in the Ancient World
  • The Virgin Mary
  • Violence & Sex in the Bible
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • Power and Propaganda in the Ancient World (Learning Community with Prof. Allyson Sheckler, VPA)
  • Mirror of the Renaissance (Learning Community with Prof. Allyson Sheckler, VPA)
  • Pagans and Christians (Learning Community with Prof. Allyson Sheckler, VPA)