Section Editors

in alphabetical order

Abigail Gillman, Boston University, United States. Editor: Judaism and Literature.

Abigail Gillman (Ph.D, Harvard University) is a Professor of Hebrew, German, and Comparative Literature, with a research focus on Jewish literature and culture of the German-speaking world. She is the author of Viennese Jewish Modernism: Freud, Hofmannsthal, Beer-Hofmann, and Schnitzler (Penn State Press, 2009) and A History of German Jewish Bible Translation (University of Chicago Press, 2018). She has recently won the Egon Schwarz Prize for an Outstanding Essay in the Area of German Jewish Studies. In 2016-2017, she served as interim director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

David Jasper, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. Editor: Theology section.

David Jasper (Ph.D, Durham University; Doctor of Divinity, Oxford University) is the author of numerous books, including Literature and Theology as a Grammar of Assent (Ashgate, 2016); The Sacred Community (Baylor University Press, 2012); The Study of Literature and Religion: An Introduction (Macmillan, 1989); and The New Testament and the Literary Imagination (Macmillan, 1987). Edited volumes include A Poetics of Translation, with Geng Youzhuang and Wang Hai (Baylor, 2016); The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology, with Andrew W. Hass and Elisabeth Jay (Oxford, 2007); and The Bible and Literature: A Reader (Blackwell’s, 1999). He is the past Senior Editor of the journal Literature and Theology and the founder of an ongoing series of international conferences in religion and literature which began in Durham in 1982.

Boutheina Khaldi, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Editor: Islam and Literature.

Boutheina Kaldi is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the American University of Sharjah (Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington). She is the author of Egypt Awakening in the Early Twentieth Century: Mayy Ziyadah’s Intellectual Circles (2012) and Al-Muḍmar fῑ al-Tarassul al-Niswῑ al-‘Arabῑ (The Implicit in Arab Women’s Epistolary Writing, long-listed for Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Young Authors, 2015). She is also the co-editor of Al-Adab al-‘Arabῑ al-Ḥadῑth: Mukhtᾱrᾱt (2010), Al-Wᾱfῑ fῑ Turᾱth al-‘Arab al-Thaqᾱfῑ (2010), and Turᾱth al-‘Arab al-Ma‘rifῑ (2010). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Arabic Literature. Her novel “Ikhtibāl” (2019) was nominated for the Arabic Booker.

Sharon Kim, Judson University, IL, United States. General Editor; project initiator.

Sharon Kim (Ph.D, Yale University) specializes in late 19th to early 20th-century American literature, with particular interest in Christian faith and spirituality in literature. She is the author of Literary Epiphany in the Novel, 1850-1950: Constellations of the Soul (2012), winner of the 2013 Book of the Year award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature. She has also won the 2019 Lionel Basney award for outstanding journal essay in Christianity and Literature. Her work has appeared in journals such as American Literature, the Journal of Modern Literature, and Studies in the Novel, and she serves on the advisory board of the American Religion and Literature Society.

Rosa E.M.D. Penna, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. Editor: South America and Spain (forthcoming).

Rosa Penna (Ph.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina) is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Language and Comparative Literature. She has served as Directora del Instituto de Literatura Inglesa y Norteamericana and as Distinguished Senior Bibliographer for the MLA International Bibliography.

Other Contributors

The Literature and Religion website includes suggestions for the Bibliography, section categories, and links from the following scholars, in alphabetical order:

Lori Branch, University of Iowa

Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria

Matthew Green, Azusa Pacific University

Aaron Griffith, Whitworth University

Curtis Gruenler, Hope College

Kevin Hart, University of Virginia

Ray Horton, Murray State University

Romana Huk, University of Notre Dame

Mark Knight, Lancaster University

Hans Leaman, Sattler College

Thomas Martin, Wheaton College

Nina Nesher, Jewish Theological Seminary

Margaret A. Toth, Manhattan College

Alana Vincent, University of Chester

Cynthia Wallace, University of Saskatchewan

Patricia A. Ward, Vanderbilt University

Matthew Wickman, Brigham Young University

Cathy Zhang Jing, Renmin University of China

New editors and contributors are welcome. For more information, please contact Sharon Kim at