My name is Caroline Vander Stichele. I studied Theology at the KU Leuven (Belgium), where I obtained a PhD and STD in Biblical Studies. In the course of my academic career, I have been teaching at the University of Utrecht (1988-92), the University of Tilburg (1991-93), and the University of Amsterdam (1993-2018). The chair I currently hold at Tilburg University is devoted to the Impact of the Bible in Western Culture.
My main field of expertise is Early Christianity. My research and publications focus on gender issues in early christian literature and on visual artefacts in both art and popular media. I am working on a book about Herodias, the 'evil mother' of Salome, who asked for the head of John the Baptist. My second field of interest and expertise is Yoga Studies. To that end I obtained a Master's degree (MSc) in Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. I am co-editor of a volume on Contemporary Yoga and Sacred Texts (to appear with Routledge in 2020).