Contributors

Dr. Jeremy Bonner.  Dr. Bonner is the Michael Ramsey Fellow in Anglican Studies at Durham University and has authored  The road to renewal: Victor Joseph Reed and Oklahoma Catholicism 1905-1971 (Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2008) and contributed to “Who will guard the guardians? Church government and the ecclesiology of the people of God, 1965-1969,” which appears in Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after Vatican II edited by Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, and Christopher Denny (Fordham University Press, 2013). Dr. Bonner is also the author of the Monograph Called Out of Darkness Into Marvelous Light. A History of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, 1750-2006 (Wipf and Stock, 2009).  He also authors a blog titled Catholic and Reformed.  Additional information about Dr. Bonner can be found on the Department’s website and his LinkedIn page or you can contact him at jeremy.bonner@durham.ac.uk.

Durham, Douglas J. Davies, Centre for Death and Life Studies, Mormon, Anthropology, Religion, SociologyProfessor Douglas J. Davies. Professor Davies is the Director for the Centre for Death and Life Studies at Durham University and has authored  Emotion, Identity, and Religion: Hope, Reciprocity, and Otherness (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011); Joseph Smith, Jesus, and Satanic Opposition: Atonement, Evil and the Mormon Vision (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010); The Theology of Death (London: T&T Clark, 2008); A Brief History of Death (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004); An Introduction to Mormonism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2003); Anthropology and Theology (Oxford: Berg, 2002); The Mormon Culture of Salvation; Death Ritual and Belief The Rhetoric of Funerary Rites (A&C Black, 1997); co-authored with Hannah Rumble, Natural Burial: Traditional-Secular Spiritualities and Funeral Innovation (London: Continuum, 2012); and co-authored with Alastair Shaw, Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes (1995). Professor Davies has many edited volumes and other publications in the areas of death, ritual, and belief; Mormon religion; sociology and anthropology of religion; and emotions and religion.  Additional information about Professor Davies’ work can be found on the Department’s website and the Centre for Death and Life Studies.  Professor Davies can be contacted at douglas.davies@durham.ac.uk.

Freyhauf, Stopera, Durham, Cultural Memory, Heritage, Human Rights, DurhamMs. Michele Stopera Freyhauf. Ms. Stopera Freyhauf is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and a Member of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University as well as an Instructor at John Carroll University’sDepartment of Theology and Religious Studies and Ursuline College’s Department of Religious Studies. She is Dr. Marcus Pound’s Research Assistant (2014 and 2015) and teaches in the area of Religion, Culture, Terrorism/Violence, and Biblical Archaeology.  Ms. Stopera Freyhauf has an M. A. in Theology and Religious Studies from John Carroll University, and did post-graduate work at the University of Akron in the area of History of Religion, Women, and Sexuality. She is also a Member-at-Large on the Student Advisory Board for the Society of Biblical Literature and the student representative on the Board for Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society (EGLBS). Ms. Stopera Freyhauf is the 2015 recipient of the P. E. MacAllister Excavation Fellowship where she participated in the Bethsaida Archaeology Project.  She has authored several articles including “Hagia Sophia: Political and Religious Symbolism in Stones and Spolia” and lectured during the Commission for the Status of Women at the United Nations (2013 and 2014). She can be followed on Twitter @msfreyhauf and @biblicalfem. Her website can be accessed here and is visible on other social media sites like LinkedIn and Google+.

Hayes, Durham, Theology, Catholic Social ThoughtDr. Mark G. Hayes. Dr. Hayes was appointed on 1 September 2014 to the St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice at Durham University, as a Reader in the Department of Theology and Religion and the Business School. He is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. He was formerly Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Robinson College and Senior Research Fellow in Economics at Homerton College, Cambridge. His non-academic background is in finance, as an investment manager at 3i, and as principal founder and Managing Director (1990-99) of Shared Interest, a financial co-operative supporting the Fair Trade movement.  His teaching and research interests have been in macroeconomics and finance, and in particular in recovering the real insights of Keynes in terms comprehensible to modern economists. He is the Secretary of the Post-Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG) and a former Trustee of the Association for Social Economics. More information can be found on the department’s website or his personal website. Dr. Hayes can be contacted at m.g.hayes@durham.ac.uk.

Dr. Jane Heath.  Dr. Heath is a Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.  She is the author of Paul’s Visual Piety: The Metamorphosis of the Beholder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)  as well as  “God the Father and Other Parents in the New Testament” in The Divine Father: Religious and Philosophical Concepts of Divine Parenthood in Antiquity, (Albrecht, Felix & Feldmeier, Reinhard Brill, 2014);  “Greek and Jewish Visual Piety: Ptolemy’s Gifts in the Letter of Aristeas” in The Image and its Prohibition in Jewish Antiquity (Pearce, Sarah Oxbow Books, 2013); and  “Corinth, a Crucible for Byzantine Iconcolastic Debates? Viewing Paul as Icon of Christ in 2 Cor 4:7-12” in Religiöse Philosophie und philosophische Religion der frühen Kaiserzeit Literaturgeschichtliche Perspektiven. Ratio Religionis Studien I (Hirsch-Luipold, Rainer, Görgemanns, Herwig, von Albrecht, Michael & Thum, Tobias Mohr Siebeck, 2009).  Additional information about Dr. Heath’s work can be found on the Department’s website and on academia.edu or you can contact her at  j.m.f.heath@durham.ac.uk.

Prof. Mike Higton, Durham, Christology, Anglican, Theology

Professor Mike Higton. Professor Higton’s post at Durham is part of the University’s Common Awards partnership with the Church of England and is responsible for academic input into the University’s validation of the Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission offered by the Church in colleges and courses around the country, and for developing collaborative research projects that bring together people from the church and university sectors to discuss the future of theological education. Professor Higton currently supervises or co-supervises several PhD and DThM students at Durham, Cambridge, and Exeter Universities.  Research interests include Christian Doctrine, Christology, Postliberal Theology, Anglican Theology, and Theology of Higher Education. Professor Higton has also authored or co-authored the following books:    A Theology of Higher Education (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012); Christian Doctrine (London: SCM Press, 2008); Christ, Providence, and History: Hans W. Frei’s Public Theology (London: T & T Clark., 2004);  Difficult Gospel: The Theology of Rowan Williams (London: SCM Press, 2004); and with Rachel Muers, Modern Theology: A Critical Introduction (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012) and The Text in Play: Experiments in Reading Scripture (Wipf & Stock: Cascade Books, 2012).  He also has several publications and received many significant grants to support his work.  More information can be found on the Department’s website or you can contact Professor Higton  at mike.higton@durham.ac.uk.

Jonathan Miles-Watson, Durham University, Religion, Anthropology

Dr. Jonathan Miles-Watson. Dr. Miles-Watson is a lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University where he teaches courses on the anthropology of religion, South Asian religions, myth analysis and Structuralism.  His fairly wide ranging research all falls under the broad category of the anthropology of religion. For the past 6 years he has been focussed on exploring life and worship in contemporary Shimla, which is located in the Indian Himalayas. He is a strong believer in the value of participant observation and has engaged in extensive fieldwork with religious groups in both North India and the UK. He has co-edited Theories of Religion and Ruptured Landscapes and is the author of Welsh Mythology: A Neo-Structuralist Analysis. He has published book chapters and articles on Himalayan PilgrimageImplicit MythologyReligious CapitalSacred Space and South Asian Christianity. He is currently working on a monograph (Worshipping with Ghosts) about Christian worship in the Indian Himalayas and an article about Shimla’s Giant Hanuman.  More information about Dr. Miles-Watson’s work and additional publications can be found on the Department’s website or he can be contacted at jonathan.miles-watson@durham.ac.uk.

Marcus Pound, Durham, Theology, Catholic Studies, Zizek, LacanDr. Marcus Pound.  Dr. Pound is a lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion and the Assistant director of the Centre for Catholic Studies.  His interests are theology at the intersection of continental philosophy, and psychoanalysis as well as receptive ecumenism.  Dr. Pound’s theological approach is greatly influenced by the French post-war Catholic theological movement called Ressourcement theology and currently supervises post-graduate research students that focus on the intersection of theology, social theory, and continental philosophy.  He has two monographs:  Žižek: a (very) critical introduction (Michigan: Eerdmans, 2008) and Theology, Psychoanalysis and Trauma (SCM Press: London, 2007), and edited  Theology After Lacan (Wipf & Stock: Cascade Books, 2014) with Creston Davis and Clayton Crocket.  More information about Dr. Pound’s work and additional publications can be found on the Department’s website or he can be contacted at m.j.p.pound@durham.ac.uk.

Robert Song, Durham, Theology, Sexuality

Professor Robert Song.  Professor Song teaches in the Department of Theology and Religion and currently supervises postgraduates focused in the following areas:  the virtue of generosity, theology and dementia, a theological ethnography of the Durham miners, the church under Blair, the ethics of surrogate motherhood, evidence-based hospital chaplaincy, genetic manipulation and sports enhancements, theology and appetite/desire, pastoral responses to eating disorders, and homosexuality, apologetics and ecclesiology. Research interests include Bio-ethics, especially ethics & human genetics; Christian ethics; and Church and society. Professor Song authored the following books:  Covenant and Calling: Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Relationships, (London: SCM Press, 2014); Human Genetics Fabricating the Future(Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press, 2002); and Christianity and Liberal Society (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997) and edited The Authority of the Gospel: Explorations in Moral and Political Theology in Honour of Oliver O’Donovan, (Grand Rapids, Mi.: Eerdmans, 2013) with Brent Waters and A Royal Priesthood? The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically: A Dialogue with Oliver O’Donovan (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series, vol. 3. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2002) with Craig Bartholomew, Jonathan Chaplin, and Al Wolters. Additional information about Professor Song can be found on the Department’s website or he can be contacted at robert.song@durham.ac.uk.