Dr. Heather Miller Rubens

Heather Miller Rubens is the Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. 

Heather Miller Rubens is the Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds degrees from Georgetown University (B.A.), the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (G.Dip.), and the University of Chicago (A.M. and Ph.D.).

In her research Rubens explores how religious communities navigate political, legal, and cultural spaces, as well as how different religious communities relate to one another in particular contexts. In addition to historical research, Rubens develops educational initiatives that foster interreligious learning for the public in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The following questions animate Rubens’ work in interreligious literacy: when, where, and how can religious communities understand an affinity between themselves, as well as constructively engage their differences? Her current project focuses on the theoretical, theological, and ethical implications of building an Interreligious City.

She has been an adjunct professor at Lewis University, DePaul University and St. Mary’s Seminary. Dr. Rubens is a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Some of her recent publications include: “Something has gone Wrong: The JFS Case and Defining Jewish Identity in the Courtroom, “Interreligious Dialogue in a Post-Nostra Aetate Church: The Tension between Mutuality and Evangelization” in Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church and A “Judeo-Christian” Myth of Disestablishment: The Legacy of McGowan v. Maryland.

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