[[Image:karras_web.jpg|thumb|Valerie A. Karras]]
Valerie A. Karras''' is a Professor at Southern Methodist University
Education 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 Teaching Specialties Patristic (early Christian) theology, Byzantine church history, Orthodox theology Research Interests 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
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, an online digital Greek library based at the University of California,
Irvine. From 1998 to 2003, she was Assistant Professor of Greek Patristics in the Department of
Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. In 1993, Dr. Karras came to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology as a fellow-in-residence, then continued as assistant professor at
both Holy Cross and Hellenic College from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 1997, she served
Hellenic College and Holy Cross as Assistant Director for Institutional Planning and Special
Studies degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
Karras’ areas of research interest include women in early and Byzantine Christianity, gender in early church theology, and Orthodox Christianity in ecumenical, interreligious, and
feminist conversation. She has published articles, translations, and book reviews in scholarly
journals such as Church History, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and Theological Studies,
and in such books as the Cambridge Companion to Feminist Theology and Holy Women of
Byzantium. She is completing revisions to her first book, Women in the Byzantine Liturgy, which will be published by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Karras has been invited widely to lecture and has presented papers at numerous academic
Karras’ avocation is music: she holds a diploma in Byzantine music from Greece and has
served as served as chanter, choir director, and organist at various Orthodox parishes.
Distinctions==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 ==Selected Publications== “The Liturgical Functions of Consecrated Women in the Byzantine Church,