Dr Yael Klangwisan Senior Lecturer School of Social Practice

  • BAppSci, MEd, MTh, PhD

Dr Yael Cameron Klangwisan is Senior Lecturer in the Education programmes at Laidlaw. She teaches Ethics, Educational Research, and Hebrew Poetry, and supervises research topics in Biblical Literature, critical theory and creative works for Laidlaw Graduate School.

Yael engages students in innovative explorations of the biblical text, educational theory, philosophy and critical theory. She seeks to develop students' curiosity and creative thinking through deep learning. Her approach to the Hebrew Bible is as profoundly beautiful literature that continues to be a gift in the present, bringing together, divinity and humanity in its diverse array of writings.

Yael was born in beautiful Whitianga, but has lived overseas for much of her life including, Australia, the USA, Ireland and Thailand. She has worked as a scientist, secondary school teacher, asylum seeker advocate and tertiary lecturer. Yael studied her Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Education at USQ in Australia, her Master of Theology at Laidlaw, and her PhD (Biblical Literature/Creative Writing) at AUT. 

She lives in West Auckland with Chan, a social worker, and their two teenagers.


Yael's research draws upon continental philosophy, such as the engagement of the bible by philosophers Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous. Yael supervises and examines Master and PhD students of the Hebrew Bible and in areas such as educational philosophy, creative works, literary theory, bible/theology and the arts (film, creative writing, theatre, photography), critical theory and the biblical text (gender/sexuality, culture) and topics in Jewish studies. She is the author of "Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs" (Sheffield Phoenix, 2015) and “Earthing the Cosmic Queen: Shir haShirim and Relevance Theory” (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


“A stone for Derrida” The French Literary Review 34(Oct, 2020), p. 5.

“Fear and Trembling: Finding God in the Music of the Millennials” (with Sam Burrows). Stimulus, 27, 2020 (Forthcoming).

“Cinderella:  The Aschenglorie of Shulamith and Stuart Innes.” Ed. Zachary B. Smith, The Theology of Neil Gaiman. Lexington Books. [forthcoming].

“Numbers” Stimulus 27, 2 (May 11, 2020). https://hail.to/laidlaw-colleg...

“The Sixth Mass Extinction and Genesis,” New Zealand Christians in Science. June 16, 2020. http://www.nzcis.org/bloggers/...

“The Bible as Sacred Re-membering.” (with Lisa Spriggens). Eds.  John De Jong and Csilla Saysell.  Wipf & Stock, 2020.

“’The Man who Died’:  Reading Death in Job and Finnish Noir.”, (chap. 8), The Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama: Murderous Texts:Eds. Caroline Blyth and Alison Jack. London:  Bloomsbury. 2019.

“Ariadne”.  Meniscus 7, 1 (2019). https://www.meniscus.org.au

“Twelve Steps to the Tent of Zimri:  An Imaginarium.” (pp. 103-116), Rape culture, Gender Violence and Religion.  Eds. Caroline Blyth, Katie Edwards and Emily Colgan.  London:  Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

“On behalf of holy creatures:  Cixous reads Leviticus 11, or, La Lecture Immonde” Relegere (special issue) 7, 1-2, 2018:  9-22.

‘The practice of teaching as hospitality’ Stimulus 25, 1 (2018):  38-42.

‘The Animal in Derrida’s Bible.’   Creation & Hope, Eds. Nicola Hoggard-Creegan and Andrew SheppardEugene, OR:  Wipf & Stock. 2018.

“On behalf of holy creatures:  Cixous reads Leviticus 11, or, La Lecture Immonde” Relegere (special issue) 7, 1-2, 2018:  9-22.

"Theology and Pedagogy of hope: a vision for Teaching and Learning”, Stimulus 19, 2 (2017).

"Fury Road: Escaping the phallic economy of the Exodus" Bible & Critical Theory 12, 2 (2016): 75-86.

"Countersigning Maria O’Connor’s Film Equus’ Ashes with Derrida’s l’animal" (chap. 11) in The Bible and Art in Oceania, Eds. Caroline Blyth & Nasili Vaka’uta. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

"Promethea’s Song of Songs" (chap. 9) in Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements, Eds. Robert J. Myles & Caroline Blyth. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2015.

Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2015.

"A Tallith of One’s Own," Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation 39, 1 (2014): 123-125.

‘Radical Hospitality and the Monks of Tibhirine,’ Stimulus 21, 1 (2014): 34-39.


Completed Doctoral supervisions

Mei-fung Woo, “Writing Despair: I am not the Sun” AUT: School of Art and Design, 2020.

Karen Nelson, “Hesed and the New Testament: A study in intertextual-categorization” AUT/Laidlaw Graduate School, 2017.

Current Doctoral Supervisions

Dorthe Scheffmann, “Vermilion: the making a feminist feature film for cinema.” AUT: School of Art and Design.

Tekweni Chaitaira, “An Africana Womanist reading of Esther.”  AUT: Faculty of Culture and Society.

Jonathan Hoskin, “The apparent and the inapparent: Balthasar’s spiritual senses and Heidegger’s gods.”  AUT:  Faculty of Culture and Society.

Completed MTh Supervisions

Paula Simpson, “Beyond John: A bibliodrama.”, Laidlaw Graduate School.

Amanda Pilbrow. “Faith, Sexuality and Wholeness in Aotearoa New Zealand:  7 LGB Narratives.”, Carey Graduate School.

Tekweni Chataira, “The relationship of Naomi and Ruth: A Narrative Analysis of the Biblical Text.”, Laidlaw Graduate School.

Hilary Johnston, “The terror of liminality: A study of Phyllis Trible’s Metaphorical Appropriation of the Jacob at the Jabbok Narrative as a Metaphor for Wrestling with Scripture and Feminism.”, Laidlaw Graduate School, 2017.

Jonathan Hoskin, “White Spaces: A fragmentary theological encounter”, [dissertation]. Laidlaw Graduate School, 2017.

Current MTh Supervisions

Anna Howard, “Reading the Book of Judith with contemporary women leaders”.  Laidlaw Graduate School.