Sandy Lynn Haney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Office: McInnis 200A
Phone: 610-225-5074
Read. Dr. Haney's curriculum vitae


M.A. Villanova University
Ph.D Temple University
At Eastern Since 2015


Dr. Haney began her academic study of the Bible and Theology by double majoring in both at Eastern. She has happily returned after receiving her Master of Arts in Theology from Villanova University and her Ph.D. in Religion (Early Christianity) from Temple University. Her doctoral work focused on fourth-century practices of marriage and celibacy, based on 1 Corinthians 7. That work is currently being prepared for publication.

Dr. Haney actively participates in the North American Patristics Society since she is a firm believer in reading the New Testament within its early Christian context. Her research focuses on issues related to marriage, family, and asceticism. Dr. Haney loves teaching and talking with students as they deal with life in and outside the classroom.

It seems Dr. Haney cannot escape the Philadelphia area, since she and her husband—natives of southern New Jersey—have lived in Delaware and Pennsylvania during their years of marriage and now reside in Wayne, PA, with their two children. She and her family are thrilled to live in a region that is close to the shore and that appreciates fine cuisine, particularly soft pretzels and water ice (and the occasional cheesesteak). In what little spare time she has, Dr. Haney enjoys reading, baking, and experimenting with allergy-free cooking.

Why I Teach at Eastern

As an Eastern alumna, I know the importance of having the freedom to share Christian life in community together. I appreciate that students and professors can learn from one another at Eastern, where all of us are challenged to develop our faith by asking important questions, to think wisely about how to love God and neighbor, and to seek to do justice as part of our Christian calling. I am delighted to have the privilege to study the Bible and early Christian history with students, because studying the authoritative texts and the formative centuries of Christianity opens up new possibilities for imagining how we might live as faithful disciples of Christ in our own time.

Courses Taught

Introduction to New Testament; Introduction to Old Testament; Christian Spirituality; The Marginalized and the Bible; Paul: His Life and Letters; Politics and the Bible; Hebrews and General Epistles; Research Methods; Spirituality of the Desert Fathers

Research Interests

Early and patristic Christianity, social history, marriage and virginity, family, asceticism, gender, art history

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