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Dr Emma Harris

Director of Studies

Associate Member, St Edmund's College, Cambridge

+44 (0)1223 761975


As Director of Studies, Emma is involved in strategic and operational plans for teaching at the Woolf Institute. With over 17 years work experience within Higher Education, Emma is a staunch advocate for lifelong and distance learners. She leads on the development and delivery of online courses.

Emma is currently Course Convenor on the online course Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter, jointly offered by the Woolf Institute and the American University in Washington. She has previously taught on another of the Institute's online courses, Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges and, in the autumn of 2018, she will lead on Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature.

Emma serves on various committees within the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF) and organises interfaith teaching for CTF students. She co-leads on CTF intensive courses and a yearly conference, and teaches on aspects on Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations in English literature. Emma co-supervises on the joint CTF & Anglia Ruskin University Professional Doctorate programme and in the past, she has arranged interfaith social and ecclesial context-based placements.

Emma is also working alongside colleagues Dr Ed Kessler, Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner and Dr Julian Hargreaves to create Summer Schools commencing in the summer of 2019.

Emma was educated in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. She completed her PhD (2007) in Jewish Education under the supervision of the late Professor John D Klier.

Emma served as Honorary Secretary to the Jewish Historical Society of England between 2010 and 2012. She is a member of the Jewish Historical Society of England and the British Association for Jewish Studies.

2016 Woolf Institute blog: Find Your Voice: Study Online

2015 Woolf Institute blog: Running and Raising Money

2015 Woolf Institute blog: Chagall in Brussels

Book reviews
Kushner and Ewence (eds.), Whatever Happened to British Jewish Studies? (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2011) and Pam Fox, A Place to Call My Jewish Home: Memories of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue 1911-2011 (London: The Liberal Jewish Synagogue. 2011) in Jewish Historical Studies (44: 235-237).

Eliyana R. Adler, In Her Hands. The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia (Wayne State University Press, 2011) in East European Jewish Affairs (41:1-2, 91-93).

Todd M. Endelman, Broadening Jewish History: Towards a Social History of Ordinary Jews (Oxford & Portland: Littman, 2011) in British Association for Jewish Studies Bulletin 2011 (63-64).

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