Hartford Seminary

Steven Blackburn

Faculty Associate in Semitic Scriptures
Library Director


  • Ph.D. in Religion and B.D. (Honours) in Old Testament Language and Literature (University of Saint Andrews);
  • M.S. in Arabic and B.S.F.S. in International Affairs (Georgetown University)

Areas of Study

  • Arabic (Classical and Standard)
  • Semitic Scriptures
  • Information Literacy


Dr. Steven Blackburn’s interest in Islam dates back to his grandparents, who were born in Algiers. He studied at the Bourguiba Institute in Tunis, Tunisia, as well as the American University in Cairo, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His Middle Eastern experiences include work with Saudi Bedouins in the field of literacy. Closer to home, as an ordained Congregational minister, he has served as a parish pastor and as pro-tem chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, where he lectured on Religion and Modern Language. He is presently Faculty Associate in Semitic Scriptures at Hartford Seminary, where he also serves as Library Director.

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