Christine Cox | June 8, 2018
Thomas Tweed, a historian committed to improving public understanding of religions, has been appointed founding director of the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, effective July 1.
Tweed came to Notre Dame in 2013 as the Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and professor of history, roles he will retain. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest society for scholars of religion in the world, and has also served on the international advisory board for Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.
A widely published scholar with a longstanding interest in ecumenical and interreligious engagement, Tweed earned doctorate and master’s degrees in religious studies from Stanford University and a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University.
“Tom Tweed is not only an esteemed scholar of the religions of the Americas, he is also devoted to serving the wider public beyond the academy,” said R. Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs. “He will be an outstanding inaugural director of an institute whose mission could not be more important, especially as it considers the crucial questions of how religions can and do contribute to human flourishing.”
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