Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Christian Thought
(on leave 2017-18)
A scholar of religion, philosophy, and the history of sexuality, Mark Jordan’s interests are now turned to the future of sexual ethics, the relations of theory to literature, and the prospects for queer theology.
In previous years, Jordan has taught in various kinds of departments and institutes at schools such as Notre Dame, Emory, and Washington University in St. Louis. At Harvard, he is appointed to both WGS and the Divinity School. He teaches courses on sexuality in both units and encourages students to cross from one to another. One of his current pedagogical schemes is to create an interesting course on sexual ethics under the Ethical Reasoning category of the College’s Program in General Education.
Jordan’s most recent book is Convulsing Bodies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault (Stanford University Press, 2015). Other recent titles include Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage (Chicago, 2005), and The Ethics of Sex (Blackwell, 2002). He has also written on Thomas Aquinas, American popular culture, medieval medicine, and the aesthetics of camp—though not all at once.
Jordan has received a number of grants and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays grant (Spain), and a Luce Fellowship in Theology. With support from the Ford Foundation, he has in recent summers led a seminar on religion and sexuality for rising scholars from the United States and abroad.
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