Dr. Shannon Grimes joined the Meredith faculty in Fall 2006 and received tenure in 2012. She teaches courses in biblical studies, early Christianity, world religions, and environmental ethics, and she won the Pauline Davis Perry Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. Her research interests include religion and philosophy in the Greco-Roman period and late antiquity; religious views of nature and the cosmos; and the ways in which science, magic, and religion intersect. Currently, her research focuses on alchemy and astronomy in antiquity and how these sciences have sparked the religious imagination.
2006 Ph.D., Religion; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2006 Certificate in University Teaching, Syracuse University
2003 M.Phil., Religion; Syracuse University
1998 M.A., Philosophy and Religion; California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
1993 B.A., English; University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
“Under a Star-Spangled Banner: Politics and Astral Religion in the Roman Empire.” Article in edited volume, Heavenly Discourses, Sophia Centre Press (forthcoming).
“Natural Methods: Examining the Biases of Ancient Alchemists and Those Who Study Them,” in Esotericism, Religion, and Nature, ed. A. Versluis, L. Irwin, et al. North American Academic Press/Michigan State University Press, 2010.
“Under a Star-Spangled Banner: Politics and Astral Religion in the Roman Empire.” Heavenly Discourses Conference, University of Bristol, England, Oct. 2011.
“The Sacrificer is the Sacrificed: Late Ancient Theories of Sacrifice in the Alchemical Visions of Zosimus.” American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 2009.
“Man of Light: An Alchemist’s Interpretation of the Anthropos Myth.” Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Boston, November 2008.
“Under a Star-Spangled Banner: The Politicization of Astral Religion in the Roman Empire.” Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Boston, November 2008.
“Natural Methods: Examining the Biases of Ancient Alchemists and Those Who Study Them.” International Meeting of the Association for the Study of Esotericism, Charleston, SC, May 2008.
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