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 Visual & Performing 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

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