Ann D. Braude
AB, Vassar College
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, Yale University
Ann Braude serves as the director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program and as Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School. She has offered classes with the Committee on the Study of Religion since 1999. Her primary interest is the religious history of American women. Her first book, Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-century America, documents the role of spiritualist trance speakers as the first large group of American women to speak in public, and examines the sympathy between the radical individualism of their religious practices with that of their political platform. Dr. Braude is also the author of Women and Religion in America, a history of the religion of American women for a general audience. She also has an interest in the issues surrounding the study of Native American religions, and is engaged in an ongoing research project concerning a Cheyenne child taken captive at the Sand Creek Massacre. She has published many articles on women in Judaism, Christian Science, and American religious life, and served as co-editor of Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women. Her most recent book, Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers: The Women Who Changed American Religion, published in 2004, is the result of a historic conference that brought together 25 pioneers of religious feminism. In 2005 she inaugurated the School's year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to HDS with a convocation address entitled "A Short Half-Century: Fifty Years of Women at Harvard Divinity School."
Dr. Braude is teaching during the current academic year.
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