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Tamsin Jones
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2567 Office Location: McCook 203
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Trinity College faculty member since 2013 View office hours for Fall 2017
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Degrees:
Th.D., Harvard Divinity School (2008)
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School (2000)
B.A., McGill Univ. (1998)

Tamsin Jones gained her B.A. (Honors) in Religious Studies from McGill University, and her M.T.S and Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School. She is fascinated by the gaps, tensions, and paradoxes in which religions delight. Her first book, A Genealogy of Marion’s Philosophy of Religion: Apparent Darkness (Indiana University Press, 2011) focuses this interest through a comparative analysis of Christian traditions of apophasis, from the late antique period of the desert mystics to postmodern articulations of “un-saying.” The book considers the “turn to religion” in recent continental philosophy, and explores the neglected connection between this “turn” and the return to pre-modern Christian writings as source material. She has published articles in the Journal of Religion, the Journal of Theology and Sexuality, Political Theology, Sophia, and Modern Theology. She is currently working on a second book on the concept of "religious experience" as it is discussed in continental philosophy and against the backdrop of trauma theory.  

Prior to coming to Trinity, Jones was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University and a Fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. As an educator, Jones encourages students to make connections between abstract intellectual traditions and practices or “ways of living,” and to appreciate that studying the history of Christian thought, as an academic discipline, is not removed from ethical and existential questions.