Research Projects

Students in Rockefeller Hall classroom

The research and writing of Harvard Divinity School faculty members covers an array of specialized fields of study, interdisciplinary exploration, and collaborative investigation and conversation with colleagues and students. Recent projects include:

  • An investigation of Nigerian evangelicalism and the regional, global, and political role played by Nigerian evangelicals in Israel, Europe, and parts of the United States (Jacob Olupona)
  • A project on perceptions of bodies, genders, and sexualities in medical, religious, and cultural views in the Islamic world (Ahmed Ragab); a multidisciplinary symposium to discuss the topic "How Bodies Matter: Religion, Archaeology, and Physical Anthropology in the Ancient Mediterranean World" (Laura Nasrallah); and research that explores the connections between theological and philosophical metaphors of body and flesh (Mayra Rivera Rivera)
  • New writing on "the divine double" that examines this tradition from antiquity, in which each individual has a divine double, counterpart, or twin, as a resource for contemporary philosophical and theological retrieval (Charles Stang)
  • The ongoing Religious Literacy Project, which supports research about and collects resources on religion and education, particularly the relationship between literacy about religion and civic and moral education in a global world (Diane Moore)
  • A newly discovered Coptic gospel papyrus, the Gospel of Jesus's Wife (Karen King).

HDS Voices

Laura S. Nasrallah
I think that certain sectors of the academy are surprised that religion hasn't died out. Everyone's noticing that religious discourse is actually alive and well, and violently affecting politics. There's a new urgency to learning about and discussing religion. We need to be able to respect the fact that people who have deeply held convictions and practices might speak in terms that don't match ours.
—Laura S. Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity