Karen L. King

Karen L. King

Hollis Professor of Divinity
Karen L. King

BA, University of Montana
PhD, Brown University

Karen L. King was appointed to the Divinity School in 1998 and from 2003 to 2009 served as the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History. In October 2009, she became the first woman appointed as the Hollis Professor of Divinity, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721). Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. Her books include Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism? and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Other publications include Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism (ed.) and Women and Goddess Traditions in Antiquity and Today (ed.). Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy) and gender studies. She has received many research grants and awards for excellence in teaching and research; among them are grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst, and the Graves Foundation. Professor King is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the International Association for Coptic Studies, and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Professor King will be on leave Spring 2017.

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