PhD Interview: Lucinda Holdsworth

School/Institution: The University of Glasgow Areas of Interest/Research: Cycles of Abuse in Contemporary Depictions of Lucifer What is it about your field that you love researching? I love seeing the creative ways in which people have taken biblical stories and repurposed them to create theologies of protest. It’s very tempting to see some of the…

ECR Interview: Dr. Jeremiah Coogan

School/Institution: Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford Areas of Interest/Research: Gospel literature, early Christianity, material texts What is it about your field that you love researching? I absolutely love to work with material texts—from late ancient papyri and ostraca to medieval manuscripts on parchment and paper to early modern printed books. Like archaeological…

Interview: jem Jebbia

School/Institution: Stanford University (Religious Studies) Areas of Interest/Research: Inter-religious Studies, Religion in the American West, Labor Studies What is it about your field that you love researching? I study Inter-religious labor movements and communities in California’s Central Valley. Although the time period of my work spans 1850-1960, the agricultural infrastructure that these communities built is…

Interview: Jonathan Homrighausen

School/Institution: Duke University Areas of Interest/Research: textually, the Hebrew Bible, especially the Song of Songs and Esther; methodologically, reception history, visual art, and manuscript studies What is it about your field that you love researching? Prof. Laura Lieber, one of my teachers at Duke, has written of Jewish liturgical poetry that “a script is merely…

Interview: Mie Astrup Jensen

School/Institution: University College London (UCL) Areas of Interest/Research: Gender and Sexuality Studies and Hebrew and Jewish Studies What is it about your field that you love researching? I love the intersection between gender, sexuality, and religion. At university I did courses in sociology, anthropology, and religious studies, and I couldn’t decide on just one discipline….

Interview: Mikel Del Rosario

School/Institution: Dallas Theological Seminary Areas of Interest/Research: Historical Jesus Studies, Jesus’ Self-Understanding, Jesus’ Claim to Authority What is it about your field that you love researching? Regardless of religious views, it is no understatement to say that Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential Jew who ever lived. 33% of the world self-identify as Christians….

Interview: Adeline Harrington

School/Institution: University of Texas at Austin Areas of Interest/Research: Early Christian social history, papyrology, Orthodoxy/Heresy, Christian Apocrypha, Coptic, Late Antiquity, and Ritualized Space/Sacred space What is it about your field that you love researching? Papyrology has been an obsession of mine since high school. There is nothing like looking at or touching a delicate manuscript that…

Interview: James R. Hamrick

School/Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (PhD student); University of Minnesota (MSW student) Areas of Interest/Research: Early Judaism (especially Jubilees); Ge’ez language and literature; religion and mental health; Western and psychological receptions of Buddhism; religion and non-human animals.  What is it about your field that you love researching? I was drawn to scriptural reception history because I found it…

Interview: Victoria Price

School/Institution: Graduate Theological Union, Center for Dharma Studies Areas of Interest/Research: Hindu Studies, Disability Studies, and the use of digital communication technologies in Hindu religious spaces What is it about your field that you love researching? I’ve been drawn to the history of Hinduism since my teenage years. For me, studying the world’s oldest living…

Interview: Rev. Topher Endress

School/Institution: University of Aberdeen Areas of Interest/Research: Disability Theology, Ecclesiology, Spatiality, Human Geography, Architectural Theory, Medical/Public Health Ethics, Christian History, Satire What is it about your field that you love researching? The Christian church has always been talking about disabled folks, but usually it’s all implicit or couched in terms that aren’t very helpful or…