Fannie Bialek

Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics
PhD, Religious Studies, Brown University
AB, Religion, Princeton University (summa cum laude)
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    Fannie Bialek is assistant professor of religion and politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary religious ethics and political theory with an emphasis on feminist thought, Christian theology and modern forms of power critique. Her first book project, Love in Time, argues for a consideration of love as a relationship to uncertainty, instructive for the vulnerabilities of interpersonal relationships and political life. Her next book will consider Abraham Joshua Heschel’s 1951 book The Sabbath for contemporary democratic politics. She teaches one of the Danforth center’s gateway lecture course for undergraduates, “The Good Life between Religion and Politics,” among other courses in religious ethics and political thought.

    Her appointment with the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics follows her position as lecturer with the Religious Studies program at Washington University in St. Louis for the 2016–17 academic year. She was visiting assistant professor in religious studies at Brown University in 2015–16.

    Bialek is co-editor of Feminist Religion. The website serves as a venue for feminist, womanist, mujerista, queer, trans, and intersectional theorists, theologians, and ethicists in religious studies to coordinate and collaborate. She also leads a summer program for St. Louis-area high school students to study political thought, generously funded by the Teagle Foundation’s Knowledge for Freedom Program.