Amy Hollywood Named First Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies

Amy Hollywood, a historian of Christian thought who specializes in mysticism, with strong interests in feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy, will be the inaugural Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies.

Dean William A. Graham, in announcing Hollywood's appointment recently, said: "This chair has been endowed by two remarkably generous and dedicated supporters of the Divinity School and Harvard University, Elizabeth and Ernest Monrad, and they are very pleased to know that such a creative scholar as Amy will assume this title."

Hollywood comes to HDS from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she has been professor of theology and the history of Christianity. In the 1999-2000 academic year, while a professor at Dartmouth College, she was a Women's Studies in Religion Program Research Associate at HDS. Her book Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History was published by the University of Chicago in 2001, and she is currently writing about memory, mourning, and Christian mysticism.

"Little seems more important today—although certainly many things are as important—than understanding the role religion plays in human life," said Hollywood, whose doctorate is from Chicago. "The question is how to move from that rather vague assertion to the concrete details of empirical and theoretical research in the study of religion. That work is ongoing at Harvard, and I look forward to sharing in the collaborative enterprise."