June 19, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Well, today I just wanted to do a quick wrap-up of the past few weeks. I had the idea to start highlighting some of the members of our staff that I knew well and who, in my opinion, were not well known outside their specific circles. I wanted to introduce people to some of the truly stellar members of our faculty about whom they might not have heard. This quickly turned into short pieces on all… Read more

June 18, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to introduce you to our Islamic Studies associate professor, Dr Jon Hoover. Jon, as well as his wife, often teach courses on the history of Islam as well as the relation of Islam to other religions, both historically and contemporaneously. Jon did his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. From there, his interests seem to have changed and he received an MA in Theological Studies from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in… Read more

June 17, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to introduce to you the other member of our Jewish studies team, Agata Bielik-Robson. I don’t know Agata’s background very well, nor has she written anything about on her university webpage. I do know that Agata spends half of her year with us in Nottingham and the other half in her native land of Poland teaching at Warsaw University. Agata teaches primarily Jewish philosophy. Her interests include modern Jewish philosophy from Baruch Spinoza… Read more

June 14, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to introduce you to another member of our faculty, Dr Holger Zellentin. While I’ve many kitchen conversations with Holger, he’s definitely one whose work I’m not very familiar with. However, his insights during seminars certainly show him to be an excellent thinker. Holger, who teaches Jewish Studies, began his higher education career at the Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg where he received a degree in Protestant theology. Holger went on to do… Read more

June 13, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to introduce you to someone who I have heard others call the rock star of the theology department here at Nottingham, Conor Cunningham. Conor is certainly one of the most well known faces from our department and his name is perhaps second only to that of John Milbank in certain theological and philosophical circles. Conor was born and raised in Belfast, and remained there until his university days. He began his academic career… Read more

June 12, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I introduce you to one of the newest and youngest members of our faculty, Carly Crouch. Carly, a California native, did her Bachelor’s at Scripps College focusing primarily on theology and ethics. She then went on to do her Master’s (as well as some other programs) and PhD at Oxford under John Barton. Before coming to Nottingham, Carly held a variety of fellowships throughout the UK. Carly came to Nottingham at the same time as I… Read more

June 11, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today’s TRS Faculty member is Associate Professor of History of Modern Christianity Frances Knight. Frances came to Nottingham in 2009. She did her Bachelor’s and Master’s at King’s College London, where she found most interesting the modern history of the Anglican Church. In 1995, Frances moved to Cambridge to do her PhD under David Thompson. Frances’ main area of interest is the modern era, especially the nineteenth century, Anglican Church. While I’ve never sat in on any… Read more

June 10, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to introduce you to Karen Kilby. Karen is currently an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology here at Nottingham, but has recently been appointed to the Bede Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Durham. A post which she will take up in January 2014. Karen was born and raised in Connecticut and did  Mathematics and Religious Studies as an undergraduate at Yale. She then went to work at Cambridge, returning to Yale… Read more

June 7, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, John Milbank is perhaps the most well-known member of our faculty here in the department of Theology and Religious Studies. John holds the position of Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics and is primarily a research professor, teaching only a few classes, primarily graduate level, a year. John has studied at Oxford, Cambridge, under Rowan Williams, and the University of Birmingham where he did his PhD under Leon Pompa on Giambatista Vico. The two primary courses John… Read more

June 6, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today’s faculty member of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Nottingham is Prof of Religion and Philosophy Philip Goodchild. Now, I have to be fair, I don’t know Philip as well as I do some of the other members of our faculty, but I will be working with him next year when I teach a section of the undergraduate course Great Religious Texts. Philip did Mathematics as well as Theology and Religious Studies for his… Read more

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