Shannon Grimes joined the Meredith faculty in 2006. She currently serves as Professor and Department Head of Religious and Ethical Studies.
Dr. Grimes loves teaching religion because she gets to ponder deep questions about meaning, values, and purpose with her students as they explore concepts of the sacred that manifest across different cultures and time periods. She teaches courses in the areas of early Christianity, world religions, philosophy, and environmental ethics, and she has taken students abroad to study in Iceland and Italy.
Dr. Grimes’s research interests center on religion and philosophy in the Greco-Roman period and late antiquity. She is especially interested in ancient views of nature and the cosmos. Her first book, Becoming Gold: Zosimos of Panopolis and the Alchemical Arts in Roman Egypt, was published by Rubedo Press in December 2018.
2006 Ph.D., Religion; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
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