Areas of Interest and Background
I am a Professor of Religion with specialization in Christian Traditions and particular interests in Quaker Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender Studies, medieval religious life and thought, and contemporary religious thought. I received my B.A. from Princeton University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
My book, The Grief of God: Images of the Suffering Jesus in Late Medieval England (Oxford, 1997), is an interdisciplinary study of late medieval Christian thought, practice, and iconography. My current scholarship focuses on the field of Quaker Studies with interests in Peace and Conflict Studies. Recent and upcoming publications include: "Personal and Social Transformation in the Work of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784)," Quaker History, forthcoming Fall 2014;"'Liberation is Coming Soon': The Radical Reformation of Joshua Evans (1731-1798)," in Quakers & Abolition, ed. Brycchan Carey and Geoff Plank (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2014), 15-29; "Quakers, Culture, and the Transforming Power of Love," Friends Journal (January 2013): 21-24; and "The Solace of History," Friends Journal 58 (January 2012): 15-18.
Religion 5 Introduction to Christianity
Religion 14 Religious Life and Thought in the Middle Ages
Religion 20 Christian Mysticism
Religion 21 Prison Letters: Religion and Transformation
Religion 23 Quakers Past and Present
Religion 31 Religion and Literature
Religion 36 Christian Visions of Self and Nature
Religion 101 Jesus in History, Literature, and Theology (seminar)