Miriam Y. Perkins, Ph.D., B.A., Humanities, Milligan College; M.Div. Emmanuel Christian Seminary; Ph.D. Catholic University of America
Ministry Experience: Campus Ministry, Ohio University (1997-2000), Guest House Manager, Center for Educational Design and Communication (2002-2008)
Miriam Y. Perkins is Assistant Professor of Theology and Society in the area of Christian Theology. Dr. Perkins is interested in theological teaching, research, and writing that brings the Christian Tradition to bear on the contemporary realities of religious difference, human identity, and American nationality for a global world.
Dr. Perkins is committed to interdisciplinary teaching that develops a student’s capacities to think theologically over the course of a lifetime. Her courses focus on primary source reading and interpretation, exposure to literature and the arts, and co-operative learning and writing.
The lead photograph was taken by Dr. F. Ninow at the Karak Crusader Castle during Dr. Perkins’s participation in the 2009 archeological dig season at Mudaybi, Jordan. Dr. Perkins enjoys travel, outdoor recreation, and the arts. She was a long standing member of the regional modern dance company, Mountain Movers, and is currently a Yinyasa/Hatha yoga instructor (RYT 200) for the Gilliam Wellness Center at Milligan College.
Dr. Perkins was ordained into Christian ministry, Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, in 1997. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion & Culture from The Catholic University of America and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.
In 2010 she was a Luce Fellow for the AAR special sessions on Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology that supported a Journal of Religion and the Arts article entitled “Islamic Images of Isa/Jesus in the Chester Beatty Manuscript Collection: Visual Art as Framework for Comparative Christology” (2012). She received a 2012 Wabash Center fellowship for “The Politics of Voice: Reflections on Prophetic Speech as Voices from the Margins” in Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context (2014), and is author of the essay “Reading Meaningfully” in the Fortress Press volume Reading Theologically (2014).