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Dr Emma Harris

Director of Studies

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As Director of Studies, Emma is involved in strategic and operational plans for teaching at the Woolf Institute. With almost 20 years' work experience within Higher Education, Emma is a staunch advocate for lifelong and distance learners.

Emma leads on the development and delivery of online courses. She 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 DC. She has previously led and taught on two of the Institute's other online courses, Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges and 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, including undergraduate, graduate and not-for-credit intensive courses. Emma also teaches on aspects of Jewish practice 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 has collaborated colleagues Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner and Dr Julian Hargreaves to develop Summer School opportunities which commenced in 2019. She is also a member of the Cambridge University Multi-Faith Forum.

She now manages the Diversity in End of Life Care training programme and is currently working with colleagues to create the Diversity in End of Life Care Handbook. This resource will be used as a tool during training and for continued learning and development on the wards and in public health spaces.

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 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.


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).

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