Faculty News and Research

Stephen Shoemaker. Photo: Harvard Gazette

Harvard's Religious Past

October 24, 2016

Stephen Shoemaker, a lecturer on the study of religion, said it is common for his students to be surprised by the significance of religion in the evolution of Harvard, and he believes part of his mission is to raise that awareness.

Jennifer Schirmer

The Fog of Peace

October 18, 2016

Political anthropologist Jennifer Schirmer, a visiting scholar at the Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative at Harvard Divinity School, spent 14 years working on peace negotiations in Colombia. She offers insight following the country's rejected peace deal with the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Pope Francis via AP

Politics and Pope Francis' Gender Comments

October 7, 2016

One of the problems about being pope, said HDS professor Francis Clooney, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, is the immensely diverse set of political situations with which a pontiff’s words carry weight.

David Carrasco

Examining U.S.-Mexico Ties In the Age of Trump

September 12, 2016

Professor Davíd Carrasco had strong words of his own for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's disparagement of Mexican immigrants, drawing on cultural and political history to make his case.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa and Me (and You)

September 2, 2016

Professor Frank Clooney, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, recalls his encounter with Mother Teresa, who will be canonized as a saint on Sunday, September 4.

Politics Into Poetry

Politics Into Poetry

August 26, 2016

As we move into the campaigns’ last months, we need an antidote to the weightless, reckless words crowding the atmosphere, writes Professor Stephanie Paulsell.

Professor Holland on Trump's Utah Problem

Professor Holland on Trump's Utah Problem

August 19, 2016

Donald Trump's "inwardly looking nativism clashes with the international instincts of the state's predominate faith," writes Professor David Holland.