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Dr. Angela Kim Harkins

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 345
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Dr. Angela Kim Harkins received her B.A. in Theology, magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago (1994) and completed a M.A. in Theology at the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in biblical languages (1997). After a year abroad at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Fulbright, 1997-1998), she completed her Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Notre Dame in the area Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (2003). Harkins is the chair of the Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity section of the Society of Biblical Literature and serves on the steering committee of the newly established consultation on Prayer in Antiquity. Her monograph on religious experience and the Hodayot is published in the series Ekstasis: Religious Experience  from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012) and is entitled "Reading with an 'I' to the Heavens." In this study, she examines how the ritual reenactment of emotion can assist in generating the necessary predisposition for a religious experience, without of course predetermining that one will happen. Her current research is on Religious Experience at Qumran. She also has interests in the Psalms of Solomon and the Odes of Solomon.

Dr. Angela Kim Harkins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and in the Center for Judaic Studies where she has been teaching since 2006. Harkins currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Lilly Fellows Program. She is a member of the National Jesuit Advisory Board on Interreligious Dialogue and Relations (2010-present). In 2012, she was chosen to be a participant in the Christian Leaders Initiative Program sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She has most recently been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship by the European Commission for 24 months of continuous research on Religious Experience at Qumran at the University of Birmingham, UK (309,000 Euros). At the present time, she is on leave from Fairfield University and in fall 2015, she will begin a post as Associate Professor at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

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