Professor, Department of Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Frida Kerner Furman is Professor in the Department of
Religious Studies and also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program
and the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program. She has served as Department Chair and as the Founding
Director of the university’s Center for Interreligious Engagement. Her current academic interests include
social and feminist ethics, religious/cultural identity and diversity,
peace-building, forgiveness and reconciliation. She earned her Ph.D. in
religion/social ethics at the University of Southern California. She was a
recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Cordelyou-Lowery Award
for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 2006 and was selected as an
Honors Distinguished Faculty for 2007-2010.
Furman is the author of Beyond
Yiddishkeit: The Struggle for Jewish Identity in a Reform Synagogue (SUNY,
1987); Facing the Mirror: Older Women and
Beauty Shop Culture (Routledge, 1997), recipient of the 1997 Elli
Kangas-Maranda Prize by the American Folklore Society/Women's Section; and Telling Our Lives: Conversations on
Solidarity and Difference (Roman & Littlefield, 2005, co-authored with
Elizabeth A. Kelly and Linda W. Nelson). Her most recent articles, which she wrote on field research she conducted in Israel-Palestine are: "Bereavement, Storytelling, and Reconciliation: Peacebuilding Between Israelis and Palestinians," Peace and Conflict Studies Vol. 20, No. 2 (Fall, 2013), 125-151; and, “Religion and Peacebuilding: Grassroots Efforts by Israelis and Palestinians,” Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Vol. 4: 2 (Spring, 2011; issue published in Spring, 2012, as journal is running a year behind.) Links for these two articles appear below.
She has served as Co-Chair of the
Ethics Section and in various committees of the American Academy of Religion,
as well as in several committees of the Society of Christian Ethics. She is a
founding member of the Society of Jewish Ethic.
Living the Mission