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Lori Pearson

Lori Pearson

  • Professor of Religion, David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities, Humanities Center, Religion

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Lori K. Pearson (St. Olaf College, B.A.; Harvard, M.T.S, Th.D.), 2003--, is a specialist in the history of Christian theology with particular interests in modern philosophy of religion, social theory, race, and  gender.  Her research has focused on theories of tradition, and on concepts of religion, modernity, and the secular in nineteenth-century Germany.  She is author of Beyond Essence:  Ernst Troeltsch as Historian and Theorist of Christianity (2008) and co-editor of The Future of the Study of Religion (2004).  Her current book project uses the work of Marianne Weber (wife of Max Weber) to explore the ways in which cultural and political debates about women's rights informed early 20th-century theories of religion, social order, and secularization in fin-de-si├Ęcle Germany.

From 2012-13, she was a Research Associate and Visiting Associate Professor in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard University.  She currently has a 3-year Mellon New Directions Grant to help her link theology to the social sciences, especially around questions of law, social theory, and politics.

At Carleton, she has enjoyed her work as a mentor in the Posse Program and is interested in academic initiatives related to ethics, social philosophy, and the humanities.

Profile updated September 12, 2017

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