Deeana C. Klepper
- RN, Fall ’14 Hours: W 1:00-2:30, R 12:30-2:00
Associate Professor of History and Religion
B.A., Northland College; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
Medieval and early modern European religious history
Deeana Klepper teaches Christianity and medieval and early modern European religious history, with special interests in the place of Bible in medieval culture, the social contexts of mysticism, Christian-Jewish relations and other cross-cultural religious encounters, and the history of science. She taught previously at Williams College and has been the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, including the American Academy in Rome’s Rome Prize, a University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research. Professor Klepper’s research focuses on approaches to biblical interpretation in the Middle Ages and medieval Christian responses to Jews and Jewish tradition. She is the author of The Insight of Unbelievers: Nicholas of Lyra and Christian Reading of Hebrew Text in the Later Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), which explores the complicated and contradictory attitudes toward Hebrew texts held by a variety of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Christian scholars and shows how the Franciscan Bible commentator Nicholas of Lyra came to serve as an important mediator of Hebrew traditions for Christian Europe. Professor Klepper is currently at work on a new project entitled Banishing Hagar: Christian Conceptualizations of Jewish Expulsion and Exile in the Middle Ages. Professor Klepper also teaches courses in the Department of Religion.