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Ellen Ross

Professor of Religion


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8691
  3. Pearson 215
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Areas of Interest and Background

Ellen Ross is the Howard M. and Charles F. Jenkins Professor of Quakerism and Peace Studies. She specializes in Christian Traditions with particular interests in Quaker Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender Studies, medieval religious life and thought, and contemporary religious thought. She received her B.A. from Princeton University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Her 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. Her current scholarship focuses on the field of Quaker Studies with interests in Peace and Conflict Studies. Recent publications include: "Personal and Social Transformation in the Work of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784)," Quaker History 103 (2014): 30-41;"'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.


Introduction to Christianity
FYS: Religion and the Meaning of Life
Religious Life and Thought in the Middle Ages
Christian Mysticism
Prison Letters: Religion and Transformation
Quakers Past and Present
Christian Visions of Self and Nature
Jesus in History, Literature, and Theology (seminar)