Carol Harrison (theologian)

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Carol Harrison
FBA
Nationality British
Title Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity (2015 to present)
Academic background
Alma mater Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Thesis 'A man that looks on glass...': revelation and beauty in the thought of Saint Augustine (1988)
Academic work
Discipline Theology and church history
Sub-discipline Saint Augustine
Patristics
Institutions Durham University
University of Oxford
Christ Church, Oxford

Carol Harrison, FBA is a British theologian, church historian and academic, specialising in Augustine of Hippo. Since January 2015, she has been Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford; she is the first woman and first lay person to hold this appointment.[1][2] She is a fellow of Christ Church, Oxford and an honorary fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. On 27 April 2015, she was installed as a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.[3] She was previously Professor of the History and Theology of the Latin West at Durham University.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Harrison matriculated into Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 1979 to study theology.[3] She remained at the University of Oxford to undertake postgraduate research, and completed her Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1988. Her doctoral thesis was titled "'A man that looks on glass...': revelation and beauty in the thought of Saint Augustine".[4]

Academic career[edit]

Before moving to Oxford, Harrison was a lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. She rose to be Professor of History and Theology of the Latin West. She was co-founder of the Durham International Network for Music Theology.[5]

In July 2014, Harrison was announced as the next Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford. She took up the appointment on 1 January 2015, and was duly elected a fellow of Christ Church, Oxford (the college to which the professorship is attached).[1] In April 2015, she was installed as a lay canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.[3] In April 2017, she was distinguished with the Honoris Causa title by the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.

In July 2018 Harrison was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Harrison, Carol (1992). Beauty and revelation in the thought of Saint Augustine. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0198263422.
  • Harrison, Carol (2000). Augustine: Christian truth and fractured humanity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198752202.
  • Harrison, Carol (2006). Rethinking Augustine's early theology an argument for continuity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199281661.
  • Harrison, Carol (2013). The art of listening in the early church. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199641439.
  • Harrison, Carol; Humfress, Caroline; Sandwell, Isabella, eds. (2014). Being Christian in late antiquity: a festschrift for Gillian Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199656037.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Elmes, John (31 July 2014). "Appointments". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity Announced". Faculty of Theology and Religion. University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Professor Carol Harrison". Academic community. Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  4. ^ Harrison, Carol (1988). "'A man that looks on glass...': revelation and beauty in the thought of Saint Augustine". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. ^ Kim, Shijung (20 August 2014). "Carol Harrison to be Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford University". The World of the Bible. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Record number of academics elected to British Academy". British Academy. Retrieved 22 July 2018.