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Dr. Meirav Jones

Office:
Department of Religious Studies
Email:
jonesm61@mcmaster.ca
Phone:
TBD
Office Hours:
By appointment

Dr. Meirav Jones, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, will be teaching SCAR 3RL3 / Religion and Law in 2020-21. Dr. Jones received her PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013 and she has since held research and teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Tel Aviv University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Jones’ research examines the intersection between religion and political and legal thought, recovering religious roots of secular legal and political ideas, and critically approaching the secular establishment with a rethinking of the role of religion at its foundations. Her work has been published in such outlets as Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Political Thought, and Review of International Studies. Her current largescale project is a critical rethinking of Jewish sovereignty and Westphalian sovereignty, in tandem, towards a constructive contribution to post-sovereign thought that takes religion seriously.

Alongside her individual research, Dr. Jones is part of a binational and inter-religious research group at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, “Re-envisioning Jewish and Arab National Identities in Israel,” where her work on sovereignty takes part in conversations she hopes will affect public discourse and open new political horizons. In 2019-20 she was also a member of an interdisciplinary research group on “Theology and the Anthropocene,” to which she brought her historical and theoretical toolbox to work collaboratively on urgent contemporary questions.

Photo credit: Tamar Abadi