Dr. Heather Miller Rubens

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

Dr. Rubens 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 she explores how religious minority communities navigate their political, legal, and cultural space in light of the experience of other minority communities. She focuses on the history of Catholic-Jewish relations in the British Empire, and how the histories of anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism relate in the larger Anglophone world. While her research focuses on exhuming historical instances of analogical reasoning between Jews and Roman Catholics in the British Empire, the theoretical aspects of her research translate into contemporary interreligious dialogue: when, where and how can two religious communities understand an affinity between themselves? 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. She is also a member of the Christian Scholars Group. 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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