Kimberley C. Patton


Dr. Kimberley C. Patton

E-mailjbeasley@hds.harvard.edu
Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138
Phone617-495-5796
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Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

A.B., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges,
A.M., Harvard University,
Ph.D., Harvard University,

Kimberley Patton specializes in ancient Greek religion and archaeology, with research interests in archaic sanctuaries and in the iconography of sacrifice. She also teaches in the history of world religions, offering courses in cross-cultural religious phenomenology. These comprise ritual studies, the mythology of natural elements, religious art and iconoclasm, the interpretation of dreams, animals in religion and myth, ritual weeping, material holiness, and funerary cult. She is involved in the ongoing discussion in the academy of the goals and methods of comparative study. She is the author of The Sea Can Wash Away All Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean (Columbia, 2006) and Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity (Oxford, 2008). She is also co-editor of and contributing author to three other books: with Benjamin Ray, A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative Religion in the Postmodern Age (Berkeley, 2000); with John Stratton Hawley, Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, 2005); and with Paul Waldau, A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Columbia, 2006).



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