Isabelle Kinnard Richman received her PhD in Church History from the University of Chicago Divinity School in medieval church history. She earlier received her JD from the DePaul College of Law and her BA from the University of Chicago. She has taught religious studies at Northwestern University, the College of William and Mary, and currently, at Virginia Commonwealth University. For seven years she served as Vice Pres. at the First Freedom Center, in Richmond, Virginia where her combined background in law and religion led her to specialize in religious freedom, American constitutional law, and human rights. She contributed a chapter to a collected volume about asceticism in Christianity and Buddhism, where she wrote about martyrs in late antiquity. She is currently working on a biography of Sojourner Truth for Routledge Press.