Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1934, Luise Schottroff studied Protestant Theology at the Universities of Bonn, Mainz and Göttingen. She was awarded the Dr. theol. in 1961and the second doctorate (Habilitation) in 1969. In 1961, she married Willy Schottroff. She taught New Testament Studies at the Universities of Mainz and Kassel; at the latter she inaugurated an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Feminist Exegesis and Feminist Theology. Since 2001, she is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, CA.