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 much-discussed “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.
Jones was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, teaching in and directing the program in the Comparative Study of Religion for three years. She considers teaching undergrads to be a tremendous opportunity to bring together students from a variety of different religious and ideological backgrounds and to introduce them to new worlds of meaning. As an educator, Jones encourages students to make connections between theoretical and “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.
She has spent the last two years at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society as a Fellow, teaching and working on her second book which continues to examine notions of excess in religious experience, now against the backdrop of trauma theory.