Mara Willard is a lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, where she has taught Christian ethics and political theory, including the course "Religion and American Public Life" for which she has twice received Bok Center teaching awards. Dr. Willard is also interested in the literary arts as sites of social critique and moral imagination. She is completing a research project on Hannah Arendt that bridges these interests with democratic and feminist theory and European philosophy of religion. She has published in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, the on-line journal Religion & Politics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. She received a BA with distinction from Swarthmore College, and holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in the Study of Religion from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In Fall 2014 Dr. Willard will begin as Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.