Dr Emma Harris

Director of Grants Management and Alumni Relations

Company Secretary

+44 (0)1223 761975


Emma has worked at the Woolf Institute since 2011. In September 2023, she became the Director of Grants Management and Alumni Relations working closely with the Executive Director. Emma also continues in her role of Company Secretary.

Previously as Director of Studies, Emma led on the strategic and operational plans for teaching at the Woolf Institute. Between 2018 and 2022, she managed the Diversity in End of Life Care training programme and led on the development of the Woolf Institute publication, Diversity in End of Life Care: A Handbook on Caring for Jewish, Christian and Muslim Patients. This resource is used as a tool during training and for continued learning and development on the wards and in other healthcare spaces. Read more about the programme and download the Handbook here.

With more than 20 years' work experience within Higher Education, Emma is a staunch advocate for lifelong and distance learners. Emma has led on the development and delivery of online courses, and currently teaches Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature annually. She works alongside the Executive Director on the Summer School, Religion and Society from the Medieval to the Modern. Emma has also been involved with the interfaith teaching for ordinands at the Cambridge Theological Federation. She has taught on aspects of Jewish practice and Jewish-Christian Relations in English literature.

Emma is keen to engage with Institute alumni. Contact Emma at eth22@cam.ac.uk.

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 with the support of the Ian Karten Charitable Trust.

Emma contributes a column - The Interfaith Perspective - for the Essex Jewish News. The latest edition (Chanukah 2023) can be read below.

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

Essex Jewish News - 'The Interfaith Perspective'

Emma writes the column, 'The Interfaith Perspective' for the Essex Jewish News.

Chanukah 2023

Rosh Hashanah 2023 

Passover 2023

Chanukah 2022


2018 Woolf Institute blog: Dine with Dickens

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).

Other Articles

Harris, E. 'Ada Rapoport-Albert'. Jewish Historical Studies, 2021 (52(1), 282-283). DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.jhs.2021v52.016

Back to People