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

John C. Whitehead
I came to Harvard to earn my MBA and was later drawn to HDS, through my devotion to Harvard’s broader agenda to serve society. I’ve supported the School ever since, and consider it to be one of my wisest investments. Whether building a company or performing relief work overseas, our young people serve and achieve more effectively with the kind of training in ethics and interfaith relations that HDS offers.
—John C. Whitehead, MBA ’47; HDS Dean’s Council member; former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs; former Deputy Secretary of State