Women's Studies at HDS

The Women's Studies in Religion Program forms one component of the Divinity School's offerings on gender. In addition to the visiting Research Associates, several members of the permanent faculty specialize in women's studies. Professors Leila Ahmed, Catherine Brekus, Janet Gyatso, Amy Hollywood, Mark Jordan, Karen King, Laura Nasrallah, Mayra Rivera Rivera, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, and the program's director, Ann Braude, all offer relevant courses at the Divinity School. A doctoral program on Religion, Gender, and Culture allows for the application of feminist theory to all areas of religious studies.

The Divinity School's nondenominational character, with approximately 30 of the world's religious traditions and denominations represented among its students and faculty, provides an excellent base for the WSRP's interdisciplinary and multicultural work. The school is committed to educating women and men as leaders in public life in religious and academic institutions, and in other professions enriched by the study of religion.

The vast resources of Harvard University provide an ideal intellectual and research environment for the WSRP's work. Research Associates have access to the university's 90+ libraries and 10 professional Schools, as well as to the programs of the many departments, area studies programs, and research centers in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The intellectual resources of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Center for the Study of World Religions, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Warren Center for Studies in American History, and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, for example, have proved valuable to WSRP scholars.