Dr. Karen Borek comes to Religious Studies with a background in literary theory, systematic theology, and Hebrew Bible.
Since receiving her Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University, she has taught courses on Jesus in Contemporary Thought, Feminist Approaches to the Bible, and God and the Problem of Evil at the University of Arizona and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on the existential and psychological questions of the relationship between God and humanity raised by sacred texts, with special attention on a tragic understanding of the origin of evil. Dr. Borek has presented papers on this topic at AAR- WECSOR and at SBL’s International Conference at the University of Vienna.
In addition to being an affiliated faculty member of the Judaic Studies Department, she serves as guest lecturer and preacher in the Tucson community and supports Interfaith Community Services.