Frida Kerner  Furman

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.  

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