Staff Profile: Prof. Melissa Raphael
History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
Religion gets a mixed press these days and it seems ever more important to be well-informed about it as both a conceptual system and a way of living.
I've always been fascinated by the way that religion both unites and divides people; the way that it commands both respect and sometimes disdain for human life. Although religion is often pressed into the service of violent political ideologies, I wouldn't teach and research it if I didn't believe that religious belief and practice weren’t ultimately celebratory and a foundation for love. I'm interested in studying lived (rather than text-book) religion, especially the way that women experience male-dominated religion as both liberative and oppressive.
Melissa teaches on feminist theology, Jewish theology, contemporary Judaism, phenomenology of religion, religion, philosophy and visual art, religion and gender, modern Jewish thought, religion, wealth and the workplace and contemporary ethics.
Gender and religion
Feminist theology and philosophy
Visual art and Western religion
Professor Raphael is an Honorary Research Scholar at the University of Wales, Lampeter and sits on the International Board of The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and The Journal of Religion and Gender. She is Visiting Professor in Theology at the Universities of Chichester and York St John.
As well as teaching at the University of Gloucestershire, I teach Jewish Religious Thought at Leo Baeck College, London and am a Senior Editor (Associate) at Oxford University Press, New York, for The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts 1500-The Present.