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

Michael D. Jackson
I think all art struggles with the same problem that any form of discursive, scientific, or explanatory writing struggles with, namely, how much is being illuminated by the work, and how much is being obscured, betrayed, or left in the dark. It's very difficult to work out when the right balance has been struck.
—Michael D. Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions