Valerie A. Karras

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'''Valerie A. Karras''' is a Professor at Perkins School of Theology at  Southern Methodist University
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Education
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Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2002; Th.D., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1991; M.T.S., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 1982; B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1979
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Teaching Specialties
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Patristic (early Christian) theology, Byzantine church history, Orthodox theology
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Research Interests
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Women in the Byzantine liturgy, gender in Greek patristic thought, Orthodoxy and feminist theology, Orthodoxy in ecumenical and interreligious contexts, Greek patristic anthropology and soteriology
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==Biography==
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Dr. Valerie Karras is Assistant Professor of Church History at the Perkins School of Theology at
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Southern Methodist University. From 2003 to 2004, she served as Research Associate at the
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Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, an online digital Greek library based at the University of California,
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Irvine.  From 1998 to 2003, she was Assistant Professor of Greek Patristics in the Department of
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Theological Studies at Saint Louis University.  In 1993, Dr. Karras came to Holy Cross Greek
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Orthodox School of Theology as a fellow-in-residence, then continued as assistant professor at
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both Holy Cross and Hellenic College from 1994 to 1996.  From 1996 to 1997, she served
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Hellenic College and Holy Cross as Assistant Director for Institutional Planning and Special
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Projects.  She has also been an adjunct lecturer in the Departments of Classics and Religious
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Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Karras has earned doctorates in patristic
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theology from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and in church history from The
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Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She also holds a Master of Theological
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Studies degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
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Valerie Karras’ areas of research interest include women in early and Byzantine Christianity,
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gender in early church theology, and Orthodox Christianity in ecumenical, interreligious, and
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feminist conversation.  She has published articles, translations, and book reviews in scholarly
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journals such as Church History, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and Theological Studies,
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and in such books as the Cambridge Companion to Feminist Theology and Holy Women of
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Byzantium.  She is completing revisions to her first book, Women in the Byzantine Liturgy, which will be published by Oxford University Press.
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Dr. Karras has been invited widely to lecture and has presented papers at numerous academic
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conferences.  She is a member of the editorial board of The St. Nina Quarterly, an international
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journal for Orthodox women, and she has served on the boards of directors of the North
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American Academy of Ecumenists and the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural
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Research at St. John’s University.  She has also been a member of the steering committee of the
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Eastern Orthodox Studies Group for the American Academy of Religion, and currently serves on
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the board of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies.  She is a member of several academic
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and professional organizations, and has been awarded fellowships, grants, and other.
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recognition.
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Dr. Karras’ avocation is music:  she holds a diploma in Byzantine music from Greece and has
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served as served as chanter, choir director, and organist at various Orthodox parishes.
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==Professional Distinctions==
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Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies Board, 2002-present; Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research Board of Directors, 1997-2001; North American Academy of Ecumenists Executive Board, 1996-2001; American Academy of Religion, Eastern Orthodox Studies Group Steering Committee, 1993-2000; Byzantine chanter, Greek Orthodox Church
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==Selected Publications==
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“The Liturgical Functions of Consecrated Women in the Byzantine Church,
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